Serenity (Ultimate Edition)
The feature-length adaptation of Joss Whedon's TV show Firefly set five hundred years in the future aboard Serenity a transport ship captained by Capt. Malcolm Mal" Reynolds. The crew of Serenity takes on any job that will pay even if it's not exactly legal. Malcolm Reynolds (Nathan Fillion) the captain was on the losing side of a galactic war
- Director : Joss Whedon
- Run time : 188 minutes
- Release date : 4 March 2008
- Actors : Summer Glau, Sean Maher, Jewel Staite, Morena Baccarin, Nathan Fillion
- Studio : Universal Sony Pictures Entertainment
- ASIN : B077687N2Y
- Number of discs : 2
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In the end, we must be thankful for these small mercies, however paltry they seem.
I sometimes wonder whether the inclusion of what essentially was a 'call girl' in the central 'ensemble' cast turned the networks against 'Firefly'?
What's tricky for a movie spin-off is how to engage a new audience and satisfy the rabid fanatic fans of the show. Wheedon does a great job here (which probably got him the Avengers slot for the same reasons), and the balance between exposition, character introduction and action is perfectly done.
Of course, we're left wanting more, but I doubt that'll happen this side of the 'verse.
Definitely worth watching.
Arriving late with my placards to the Bring Back Firefly campaign Serenity the movie (Serenity's the name for Capt Mal Reynolds Firefly class cruiser) provides some kind of closure to space opera with so much richness it is still such a shame there'll be no more. Here we learn the dark secrets of the Alliance and of the odd and ever-so-slightly annoying River, genetically morphed sister to Sean Maher's fugitive doctor who've been running from the evil government, aided by Mal and his crew for the whole of the TV series. We also discover the awful truth behind the Reavers, the vampiric savages who terrorise even Serenity's generally fearless crew. This is TV worth sitting down for, different, sassy, clever, witty, fast-paced and the opposite of patronising and predictable.
Whedon's done very well for himself since of course, helming the spectacularly successful Avengers Assemble and it's sequel out in 2015 and whilst every now and then there are Firefly rumours flying about the twitterverse, we know it's all over now. A very special idea, superbly executed, at bottom, delivered to us with a love for story, character and pace that respected its audience more than almost anything else I've seen on TV in recent years, with the exception of the BBC's Sherlock.
Superb. A rare DVD is our house, this one's not going on Ebay.
***** Five stars
If you haven't discovered Firefly read my here review. TV worth staying in for.
I'd not recommend watching this film without having seen the series. Back stories, how the characters are connected - none of this is explained in the film, and some small things are only briefly mentioned.
What is going on between Inara and Mal or Kaylee and Simon are hinted at in the film, but without understanding the events of the series, it for instance makes little sense when Simon talks about regrets with Kaylee, and you have no idea how Simon and River became passengers in the first place. If you haven't seen Zoë and Mal fight side by side in the battle of Serenity Valley, you don't really know what connects them either. Shepherd Book shows up in the film, and you wonder who he is and what he is to the other characters. I hardly even noticed him watching the film the first time, but it all made more sense seeing it again.
On its own it's a decent action film with some admittedly well-choreographed fight sequences and an okay story. I'd have given it 3 stars. Treat it as the last and slightly more cinematic episode of Firefly, and it should be worth 5 stars. I'll give it four as a compromise.
I think the film should have been marketed as a continuation and conclusion of Firefly. It does not stand well on its own.