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Serenity (Widescreen Edition)
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Oddly enough, this crew might well save the human race among the stars. The story is a paean about how the unlikeliest people can become heroes and how the right of individuals to live free if an absolute. I hope there will be many more films in this "verse."
Back in the summer of 2001, Fox announced that "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" mastermind Joss Whedon would be creating a new television show that was a cross between Science Fiction and the Western Genres... For months Fox spent millions of dollars promoting the one "sure fire series of the season" but then the problems started... the pilot was too slow, Executive Heads Clashed, and Baseball season all got mixed into the mixing pot... and in the end fans where left with an out of order, mixed up, tale of identitify (which is ironic if you think about it).
But the fans of Joss Whedon and of the character he creates would not let this be the end of the "firefly" universe, and after much fanfare, petitions, and literal Bitching; Universal Pictures did something rather uprecidented: they green lite a "big-screen' movie which Joss Whedon describes as "a thank you to the fans."
And that is exactly what the film version of "Serenity" is. On the exterior it is a fast-past, character driven, science fiction blast for everyone to enjoy, and the people that did see it did enjoy it alot. It has survived over a month on IMDB's Top 250 Movies of All Tilme List, and has recieved glowing reviews from THE NEW YORK TIMES, EBERT & ROBERT, THE SAN FRANSISCO CHRONICLE, and more... I distinctly remember a quote from the New york Times saying "George Lucas eat your heart out."
But on the interior the movie was about the salvation of people, and it was a political commentary on big brotherism, and how if things in our society today keep going down the same road are future generations won't be much different from mal and zoe.
If your a fan of science-fiction or just good storytelling this is a movie for you.
So what is it about this fictional world that draws me in so? Has senility kicked in and I'm experiencing my second childhood? Maybe, but I think I still have a bit of critical judgement left.
I think the real reason is that this is science fiction done right. It's not about bumpy-headed alien monsters or supernatural forces. It's about people, ordinary people like you and me who find themselves caught up in events outside their control. It's about holding things together when every force in the 'verse is trying to rip them apart.
Technically, this film is beautiful, with just enough SFX to tell the story without having the effects become the story. The one really heavy CGI sequence is a head-spinning thrill ride, but it's not what the movie is about.
"Serenity" is far more fast-paced than the Firefly series was, and that's a mixed blessing. The serial television format allows for more deliberate pacing and character development, which is compressed in the movie. One side effect is that "Serenity" holds up well to multiple viewings, as you catch the nuances that might have flown past too quickly on the first pass. On the upside, the fast pacing means this film is action packed. There are more twists and turns in its first nine minutes than most movies give you in their entire running length.Read more ›
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An amazing movie to follow up (almost) all the questions that Firefly's cancellation left behind. You have to watch the bloopers though! Read morePublished 7 hours ago by Karina Rios
I'm a huge fan of this movie, had me on the edge of my seat from the get go. Even if you haven't seen the firefly TV show this movie is a great Sci-Fi movie in its own right. Read morePublished 12 hours ago by Michael Crandall
Great Film, but Amazon's Video streaming on the Amazon Fire is horrible. I tried to watch this at the gym, but I couldn't hear anything. Read morePublished 23 hours ago by Brian
I'm sorry you won't believe this, but I had no idea what this movie was about when I decided to watch it. I didn't know about Firefly; I had no idea. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Phil A.
I enjoyed the movie except the fact that I could not hear it. I rented it from Amazon, so I don't know if it was because of the streaming or if the DVD would be that soft also.Published 2 days ago by Gcdcment
Joss Whedon is one of my all time favorite creative geniuses. The language he created for Firefly and this movie help the audience feel like they are in a different universe. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Lucinda Sage-Midgorden
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