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A passenger with a deadly secret. Six rebels on the run. An assassin in pursuit. When the renegade crew of Serenity agrees to hide a fugitive on their ship, they find themselves in an action-packed battle between the relentless military might of a totalitarian regime who will destroy anything - or anyone - to get the girl back and the bloodthirsty creatures who roam the uncharted areas of space. However, the greatest danger of all may be on their ship. From the mind of Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) comes the next chapter in the Firefly adventure loaded with explosive battles, gripping special effects and fantastic new worlds!
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The short-lived series and the movie are awesome. While it's been 11 years since the movie was released, I'm hopeful that another movie can be made.
But because the fans demanded it, eventually Whedon's miracle arrived, and a movie was made. We could attribute this to the powers of love and belief, both explicit themes in the movie.
A movie is not the same as a television series. A movie needs more scope, so instead of the ragtag group of individuals trying to scavenge a living and survive without being detected, which was part of the charm of the series, we get to watch them fighting, essentially, two armies. Devoted fans may also not need some of the exposition.
Some little things that I love about both the series and the movie is the use of language. The dialogue is fantastic: witty, funny, sometimes very apt. Whedon, like Humpty-Dumpty, is a master of the words he uses, bending them to his will. There's "shiny" and "companion" and "nethers". And perhaps, my favorite, the use of the word "'verse" to mean "universe" - but which of course also has the poetical meaning of the story.
Not all the threads left hanging from the series are tied up, but many of them are. We learn a lot more about River. We resolve the relationship between Simon and Kaylee. Mal recovers his belief system. We have a more sensible explanation for Reavers. We don't get the background on Inara or Shepherd Book, but at least with the latter he says he's not going to give his life story.
The movie starts and ends with discussions of love. We first learn the love that Simon has for his sister, recognized by, of all people, the movie's main antagonist, the nameless operative. The nameless operative also understands the power of belief. The operative is therefore in a better position than Mal at the movie's beginning. However, the operative is too committed to unquestioning belief and because of this he does things that he admits make him a monster. Mal, during the movie, also learns to believe again - but his commitment to this is based on a more thorough investigation. There's a wonderful exchange, in which the nameless operative asks Mal if he is ready to die for his beliefs. Mal says, "Yes - but that ain't exactly Plan A."
I do have some quibbles. Jewel Staite lost the 20 lbs that she gained for her original stint as Kaylee. Perhaps she's more beautiful without the 20 lbs, but she no longer feels like Kaylee. And although I can imagine Kaylee and Simon getting together - they're both good people - they really don't feel like a good match. Also, there seems to be no resolution to Jayne's story. He finally gets to be considered a genuine hero and perhaps that should have been acknowledged.
Nevertheless a wonderful movie and a tribute to the faith of the fans and Firefly's creators.