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Serenity: A Movie for All,
This review is from: Serenity (Widescreen Edition) (DVD)
Generally, people think of sci-fi as being nerdy, unapproachable, unrelatable, and so on. But Serenity (and Firefly as well, obviously) does something that most sci-fi does not-- it focuses on the characters, their day to day struggles and the things that motivate them-- not intergalactic space adventure. Not wacky alien species. But the lives of people, people not so different than you.
As an audience, we may not be able to relate to travelling to another moon, but we can almost all relate to having a car that others laugh at for being junky, but that we love-- because its reliable, and familiar, and is a little mobile home. Such is the same with the good ship Serenity. Most of us have at one point sacrificed something for someone else. We've felt the ache as a loved one turned and left. We've cursed the job market and printed up dozens of resumes. So do the characters, and so, even if they are kicking ass, or running in a cowardly fashion, or whatever-- we believe them. They are endearing because many of their plights are similar to our own.
Another thing that separates Serenity from the rest-- it isnt cliche. All bets are off in Whedon's universe. Things happen that you don't expect, and that you probably wont like at first... but what it comes down to is good storytelling. In the real world, anything could happen. Things don't go as planned. Things aren't wrapped up in perfect little boxes. In Serenity, it is the same. The story is grand. The music is lilting, lovely, heartbreaking, heroic, haunting, exuberant, fearless. The script is peppered with humor, but nothing that seems out of place.
Serenity isn't a movie for sci-fi lovers. Serenity is a movie for everyone.