||[Oct. 7th, 2005|09:44 am]
If you haven't seen Serenity, go see it this weekend. Even if you're not a big Sci Fi film fan, it's appeal has nothing to do with space ships and laser beams; in fact while there's a fair amount of zooming space ships and such, the meat of the film has nothing to do with green screen or computer editing. Really, it's a Space Western, as much as anything, and the meat of the movie is real interaction between people.|
"Serenity" does something that most films nowadays don't -- it works, it succeeds on its own terms. The characters are engaging, the dialog is slyly humorous, the interactions between the actors are unforced and natural. Perhaps shooting a season of hour-long episodes has taught the ensemble cast to work together in a way they wouldn't on a normal film shoot. It's not overstating the case to say that Serenity is the film that all the Star Wars and Star Trek movies wished they were.
The fact that Serenity got made and got distribution at all is down to what must have been a titanic effort by its creator Josh Whedon. How often does a film get made based on a television series that was canceled before finishing its first season? 'Serenity' has the look and feel of a labor of love, coupled with the talent and craft it takes to make a good movie. 'Serenity' isn't high art, but we don't live in a high art world; it is purely pop. It deserves to be popular, and you should support it by buying a ticket.
The reward for all of us for supporting 'Serenity' will be the possibility of a sequel. Sequels are usually shit, but since 'Serenity' and 'Firefly' are by definition a serial entertainment, a sequel would rule. I'd love it if Whedon made ten more.
I was pissed when my favorite character died... and no, it wasn't Book. But I loved the movie and the series.
I <3 Joss
it is indeed an enjoyable film. i found myself doing involuntary claps of glee throughout.
fwiw, it wasn't that difficult to get the film made though, considering that the firefly DVD set has been a top seller since it was released. i'm sure there will be a sequel as long as the box office numbers don't royally tank in the next few weeks.
I'd love it if Whedon made ten more.
Quick question -- will it be enjoyable to someone unfamiliar with Firefly?
My reaction to the movie was to watch the series on DVD. Well worth it. It's very Pop, if you know what I mean - the situations aren't uncomfortably far from the mainstream. But it does 2 things television doesn't usually do which is A) focus on a real group dynamic, and B) works to pleasantly surprise the viewer by doing something unexpected. And it's funny in ways that isn't cynical, or at least when things get salty, still retains some sweetness. Every time something really serious and dramatic happens, it's immediately deflated by a joke. It's also visually appealing. There's something really wry about using bad framing and a shakey camera in some of the CGI stuff. Sort of like a virtual version of 90's cop shows like NYPD Blue and Homicide.