One line review: A SciFi action thriller that only makes the absence of Firefly that much more painful.
Movie Title: Serenity
Actors: Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite, Sean Maher, Summer Glau, Ron Glass, Chiwetel Ejiofor, David Krumholtz
Genre: Action / SciFi
Method of Viewing: Netflix Instant Watch
Location of Viewing: Home
Viewing with: Friends in #Jazzmess
Rotten Tomatoes: 81% – Snappy dialogue and goofy characters make this Wild Wild West soap opera in space fun and adventurous.
My rating: *** – A Great Movie
My assessment (the first 101 words at least): I only actually watched Firefly in the last 6 months or so, and while I loved the series I didn’t seem to have the same level of love as others. Perhaps because I didn’t watch it when Fox was canceling it, or I didn’t follow the build up to this film. However, now that I’ve finally seen the finale of Firefly, I still can’t seem to find the absolute love that others had. It was a fantastic and fun movie to watch, but it didn’t really end the series so much as make me wish the movies or episodes could continue.
It was certainly enjoyable to see all of the favorite characters again. Even if the sets were destroyed and rebuilt, everything looks and feels familiar. My only regret with this movie is that it feels like nothing more than an extended episode of Firefly. For all intents and purposes this should be included on the Firefly Season 1 DVD, as the two hour season finale. While I love the series, and enjoyed the movie, I also have to acknowledge that this movie couldn’t possibly work as a stand-alone.
As a fan of Firefly I’m easily able to pick up on all the characters, playing out the roles they’ve established over a season of television. However, even with two hours Serenity just doesn’t have enough time to give all of the characters the time you feel they deserve. It’s not any fault of the actual movie, they simply don’t have the time for the characters and what was essentially supposed to be an entire television season of plot. Fans will always have at least one favorite in the cast (Jayne for me) and they will most likely never get another chance to see more of those characters.
I certainly enjoyed watching Firefly on a bigger budget, and of course the incredibly well choreographed fight scenes seemed to bring the entire movie up. While the plot’s big reveal could be seen from a mile away, it still did give some sense of closure to this entire universe. The only down side of course is trying to figure out what will happen to the Alliance now. As far as I know there will be no additional comics, movies, or anything to continue the story.
When I made the 101 list I purposely avoided movies that were too recent because I wanted the movie to stand the test of time. This movie however is one that I only enjoyed for more personal reasons rather than for it being a legendary movie. It’s still a great movie with fun action, but it will only be remembered for finishing Firefly, rather than for a stand alone film.