Thursday, October 13, 2005

Serenity movie review

I saw Serenity earlier this week. It was good. This will be a short review, because I don't want to spoil things. I haven't seen every episode of Firefly, but I knew the characters and the series' outline, and knew who was who. Even so, I don't think you need to be familiar with the show to figure out the movie.

The movie was quite a bit bleaker than the tv show. Yes, there were a few jokes there to keep the faithful happy, but the point of the movie is to put the characters through the wringer, which Joss Whedon certainly does. The movie centres on Mal, the star, and River, one of his passengers and more mysterious character from the tv show. (There are lots of interesting characters, but it's only a two-hour movie, and I think he picked the right ones to follow.) Basically, they are running from things that catch up to them. For Mal it's hatred and disappointment of the government, for River, it's the government scientists who messed with her mind.

Lots of fighting ensues, some characters die, others don't. At some point everybody is hurt. This is probably Firefly's last gasp, unless there is a huge groundswell that turns it into a cable series. It could happen.

Summary: good movie, not great, but certainly better than the average space action movie.