Starring: Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite, Summer Glau, Sean Maher, Ron Glass, Chiwetel Ejiofor
Directed by: Joss Whedon
Written By: Joss Whedon
Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 1 hr 59 min
A film made just for the fans of the awesome Firefly TV show. Serenity is good, really good. It concludes story lines started in the Firefly series, but does so in a way that’s accessible to people new to Joss Whedon’s creation. That’s a huge accomplishment, and a testament to Joss Whedon’s writing skills.
From watching and loving the TV show, and later witnessing the reaction to the shows cancellation by the fans. I got the feeling Serenity was a real labor of love for the cast and crew. They wanted to get this right for all the fans who relentlessly campaigned for it, and I believe they did just that.
It brings back all the fun elements of the TV show, and most importantly preserves the great chemistry between the cast/crew of the Serenity ship. It was fun to see some key character story arcs get resolved, and it was nice to finally get some answers to questions left hanging after the TV show was canceled. Out of the new characters introduced for the film, Chiwetel Ejiofor’s performance as The Operative really stands out. Single minded, lethal, yet cool as ice. The Operative was the perfect villain for Serenity’s final swan song.
This is a movie for fans of the TV series (like me) and they won’t be disappointed. There’s enough back story delivered here to make sure newcomers to the series don’t feel too lost, and still being entertained. Perhaps enough to then checkout the TV series. I did watch this with a friend who hadn’t heard of the show, and he enjoyed the film a lot.
Best viewing format:
With the extra cash that comes with a movie budget, the effects are certainly a step up from the TV show. The production budget was still pretty small, and that shows a little. I good high-definition rental will suffice. Or a theater packed with cheering Browncoats – that would be fun too!
Best moment for me:
I love the shot near the beginning of the film where the Serenity is heading down to a planet. As it bursts through the planet’s atmosphere, the film’s theme music blasts out. It’s a great moment, and then after piece of the ship falls off, it leads to a great introduction to the crew.