Review: Serenity

As mentioned before, Chad and I don't get out to see movies very often because of our little dude. So, we watch movies at home, on Netflix usually. I must place a disclaimer on my reviews. I am not a professional critic and my reviews are definitely relaxed. I usually just touch on the characters and if I like the over all story of the film. I think about the real niddy griddy of analyzing a film and it makes me feel sleepy and overwhelmed. So if you feel like my reviews are rather "soft" its because, well, they are just that, "soft" reviews.

Having been big fans of Joss Whedon's Firefly (canceled too soon), the spouse and I were highly intrigued to watch Serenity. The movie is based off of the show and kind of wraps up some loose ends of the TV show.

To start, I was highly pleased by how much better it looked. You could tell the movie had a higher budget than the TV show. Though the TV show had its charm, some of it was pretty hoaky. But they did their best with what they had.

Left to Right: Jayne, Kaylee, Wash, Zoe, Mal, Simon, and River.

Next up, characters. I adored Nathan Fillion as Mal. He pretended not to care and to be a bad guy but deep down he was a softy who did care. More beloved characters, Jayne and Wash. Then there was the strong female role Zoe which was highly appreciated. She was awesome. Inara (not pictured) was fine, she could have been a character I hated but ended up being decent. And Kaylee and Simon were both charming additions as well.

Nathan Fillion as Mal
Now...I have some beef with River. She is a mysterious girl who is suppose to be brilliant but is pretty much just crazy. Much of the movie/show she is portrayed as an unpredictable teen who has visions and whines a bunch. I remember thinking hopefully "Joss Whedon kills off his characters, maybe she'll be one of them". I must say that at the end of the movie, River is redeemed as valuable and bad trash. It was reminiscent of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. River is still not my favorite character but I totally understand why she was a part of it all.

The story was exciting and nerve wracking at some points. The character interactions and dialogue were humorous and witty, as always with Joss Whedon. Overall, I was super pleased with this movie. I love that it gave us a little more of the beloved show. I would suggest it to those who enjoy Sci-Fi but find it most appropriate if you have seen the entire season of Firefly before hand.

Well done Joss, you have done it again.

Happy Monday!


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