24 October 2005

Serenity (2005)

Directed by Joss Whedon; Writen by Joss Whedon
Starring: Nathan Fillion - Mal; Gina Torres - Zoe; Alan Tudyk - Wash; Morena Baccarin - Inara; Adam Baldwin - Jayne; Jewel Staite - Kaylee; Sean Maher - Simon; Summer Glau - River; Ron Glass - Shepherd Book; Chiwetel Ejiofor - The Operative; David Krumholtz - Mr. Universe; Michael Hitchcock - Dr. Mathias; Sarah Paulson - Dr. Caron; Yan Feldman - Mingo; Raphael Feldman - Fanty

Coming highly recomended, despite the cancellation of the original TV series 'Firefly' after a single season, Serenity was the exciting new sci-fi movie from the man who brought us Buffy and Toy Story. There is, apparently, style, wit. kick ass action, and snappy dialogue throughout - just what you'd hope for really.

But what we actually got was a turgid thousand year old plot, with characters plucked straight form every other western in space. A raggedy band of outlaws, rebels against an all powerful 'civilisation' on the outskirts of the universe, a knackered old ship, a dangerous (but unlettgoable) cargo, and a mission they will probably never return from. Hmmm, where have we heard all that before?

Oh the irony when we discover where the reavers came from! Oh the pathetic disgust when we see how easily the chief baddy is converted to the side of righteousness. Oh how we laughed when at least one of the 'heros' died. But only one - not enough.

There are a few good lines, I laughed three or four times, and there a a few nice shots, but not that many. It's stuck in its TV origins and there seemed to be no attempt to strike out from that. All in all a dull waste of an evening & a tenner, should have gone to see Corpse Bride instead.


Blogger Random One said...

I wasn't expecting to like this but actually quite enjoyed it-it felt like a cross between the 3rd Matrix film amd pirate of the carribean in style and humour and kept me entertained.

I liked that the cast weren't very famous and i liked that there weren't lots of flshy hi-tech gadgets-it was quite a simple film but i think it worked well.

It is very much an entry level sci-fi film but after watching extravagant plots and special effects in star wars and matrix etc i think the simplicity of the film was a nice change. Although i do think it may have possibly worked better as a series.


9:48 PM  
Blogger renegadedog said...

I'm about to watch this, may write a counter-review when I'm done!

I've really enjoyed the Firefly series, hopefully this will live iup to it.

3:13 AM  
Blogger belboid said...

random one's comment is the first positive one I've seen from someone who hadn't already watched the series (or some of it at least).

Despite the attempt to start afresh for the sakes of those of us who had never seen it, there must be quite a lot in the film which benefits from that pre-knowledge.

I haven't seen Firefly, and went cos it's Joss Wheedon. i'd expect more from him.

5:24 PM  
Blogger michael said...

We enjoyed this on DVD and it was certainly better than any of the Star Wars prequels. Makes me want to watch the ~Firefly series now.

8:34 AM  
Blogger DotCommunist said...

I found it boring to be honest. When measured against other sci fi B movies of a similar budget (such as the highly enjoyable Pitch Black) it is found wanting.

5:35 PM  
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