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Review: Serenity, The Movie

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Serenity has been on my mind since Friday. I have never seen the TV show Firefly on which the movie is based, so I was awed by the Sci-Fi movie. It was everything the last three Star Wars should have been. The plot and characters were very interesting and I cared about their ability to survive. More importantly, the special effects didn’t overwhelm the story as in Star Wars.
Revenge of the Sith has more than 2 200 visual effects shots, surpassing the records of the previous Star Wars movies and dwarfing those of other visual effects spectaculars, like the Lord of the Rings trilogy. ”

Where Star Wars seems to have this giant power of the Empire weighing it down, Serenity seems to embody the spirit of individualism. I liked the movie and gave it a 9+ out of 10!

One of the most interesting things about the movie was the dialog. It was a combination of an old west cowboy and perhaps uneducated pirate speech combined with the use of $5 words similar to the speech in the Coen Brothers Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?

I bought the paperback Serenity by Keith R.A.DeCandido based on the motion picture screenplay by Joss Whedon. Here are some samples:

“Yup. See, we represent us a group of people who aren’t overburdened with patience regarding the Alliance.”

“Well, what you plan and what takes place ain’t ever exactly been similar.” “I look out for me and mine. That don’t include you ‘less I conjure it does.”

“Come a day there won’t be room for naughty men like us to slip about it all.”

“Zoe wasn’t what you’d call unobservant, so if this fella was catching her unawares, he had a measure of stealth and might’ve caused some difficulties. ”

Serenity had some unmistakeable jibes at todays world affairs. River is asked, “With all the social and medical advancements we can bring to the Independents, why would they fight so hard against us?” And River answers “We Meddle.”…”People don’t like to be meddled with. We tell them what to do, what to think, don’t run, don’t walk, we’re in their homes and in their heads and we haven’t the right. We’re meddlesome.”

And, Serenity had humor. Lot’s of it as in this sample:

“So I can leave the goggles?” Mal was grateful for this. The goggles made him look silly. Jayne had put his on, and he looked powerful silly, which, given that he was one of the scarier individuals Mal had gotten to know personally, was going some.
“Of course, sir. I’ll make sure to put aside some of our loot for the seeing-eye-dog you’ll need when the grit in the air tears your eyes out.”
Snatching the goggles out of Zoë’s hands, Mal said, “Fine, I’ll wear ’em. But I’ll look like an idiot.”
“I should think you’d be used to that, sir.”

I’ll see it again!

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  • Holly

    You should also check out “Serenity: The Official Visual Companion.” It includes Joss’s shooting script, story boards, a nice interview with Joss and comments from some of the cast.

  • Becky J

    This was a real corker of a movie. I have been going around to people saying things like ‘I aim to misbehave’. I just can’t stop myself. Nathan Fillion was wonderful. Yep, I’ll see this one more than once fur sur.

  • I don’t remember the bit about the goggles from the movie. Was that invented for the book?

  • I believe it was Phillip. Novelizations tend to contain more than what is filmed. I think this is one of those cases.