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wintermute
01-10-05, 12:32 AM
I saw a poster for this film (http://serenitymovie.com/) (watchout, the website sucks) on the way home, I've been looking out for it for a while now, and a small amount have research helped me determine that it's due to launch in the UK next Friday (http://www.viewlondon.co.uk/screen_newreleases.asp). It's written an directed by Joss Whedon, the man behind Buffy and Angel :banana: (but, to be fair, also several very dodgy bits of cinema) and is the sequel to a short lived television series called Firefly (http://www.scifispace.com/html/firefly.php).

The original series got cancelled because it was too expensive and because the TV execs at Fox didn't have a clue what to make of it (and thought it wouldn't matter if they showed the episodes in the wrong order). The thirteen episodes which did get made were released on DVD and sales were good enough to persuade someone to finance the movie, and here it is.

It's basically a western set in space, which means there are some slightly incongruous features, like gunfights with lasers held by men on horseback, but I found the TV series highly enjoyable. So far in the States it seems to have had some good reviews: Chicago Tribune (http://metromix.chicagotribune.com/movies/mmx-050930-movies-review-serenity,0,6977065.story); Entertainment Weekly (http://www.ew.com/ew/article/review/movie/0,6115,1110760_1_0_,00.html); San Francisco Chronicle (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2005/09/30/DDGP7EVFH91.DTL&type=movies); Cinema Blend (http://www.cinemablend.com/review.php?id=1157), and even the bad ones (http://www.google.co.uk/reviews?cid=bf2c60bd2cd44ea9&client=showtimes&fq=serenity) seem to be shading towards the favourable (the worst one, 2.5 out of 5, was in USA Today, which criticised the film for pretending to be more substansive than it was - hmm, pot, kettle, have you met?).

I might actually get of my arse to go and see this instead of, ahem, waiting for it to come to me, hopefully it'll be successful enough to persuade someone to fund a second series...

Rob

McBain
01-10-05, 08:06 AM
Is this the film with the rather pale poster featuring a bird looking very much like Veronica Zemanova :side:

wintermute
01-10-05, 09:34 AM
Don't think so, the bird on the poster has dark hair, she's on the left on the first link above.

Rob

McBain
01-10-05, 10:09 AM
Is she kind of squating, holding a throwing star or something? Yes, Veronica Zem has dark hair.

Smokey
01-10-05, 08:29 PM
this film looks shit, the poster sounds like it might be worth a look though!!!!

Azreal
01-10-05, 09:45 PM
it looks like a ''made for tv'' movie, and honestly can Whedon do anything that doesnt involve a teenage girl doing kung Fu, it just seems kinda midly perverse.

Sc00by
02-10-05, 04:53 PM
Well the guy from CTRL ALT DELETE likes it:

I would have posted news earlier, but I was out at the first showing of Serenity at a theater nearby.

I don't even know where to begin.

At first, actually, I didn't like the movie. Maybe it was seeing the characters I've grown to love on the big screen, I don't know, but I felt a little bit put-out. The opening with Simon and River didn't seem to fit the way they entered the television series.

Also, somehow they made Serenity feel... colder. In the tv series their cargo bay had a very warm feeling to it. Lots of browns and reds, a lived-in feel. In the movie it was steel. Cold, lifeless.

However after about 30 minutes I felt right at home again. I'll try and do this spoiler-free, so as not to ruin anything for anyone.

The characters, the story, were great. I absolutely loved the new assassin character. He was very well played. Even above the excellent performance of Early in the last series episode.

All in all, it was an excellent two hour experience. I laughed, I squeezed my girlfriend's hand at the tense parts, and I'll admit, I even got choked up a few times. Those of you that have loved the series as much as I have, and have seen the movie, will understand exactly what I mean.

It's been rumored that Joss Whedon's master plan includes a trilogy of these movies. If that is the case, I will be there, on opening day, money in hand, for every single one of them.

I think he's awesome for bringing me these characters, and I want to murder him for putting them in danger, all at the same time.

No amount of Firelfy will ever be enough.

Penguin
06-10-05, 06:24 PM
Just heard them talking about it on Radio 4.

The critic just said it would "Blow Star Wars out of the sky"

wow. I think I wil go and see it :D

They also played an extract of it, which said:

"No grenades. just no grenades, ok?" Reminded me of a certain clan member ;)

briktopp
09-10-05, 02:05 PM
well went to see to see this and...

i'm not a huge star wars fan but it made me appreciate star wars more.

It did feel like an extended and expensive TV pilot.

this may appeal to the fans of TV series like Buffy and Angel in that it takes a fairly dry genre and adds a bit of wit and extra action to give it a fresh feel but it didnt do it for me.

mildly entertaining but not worthy of celluloid 4/10

trailer for 'doom' looked cool though

gob
09-10-05, 05:49 PM
Was there a terrible H&M jean advert based on Romeo and Juliet that lasts about 6 minutes in with the trailers? I saw 3 films last week (Deuce Bigalow, Land of the Dead and A History of Violence) and it was on before all 3. This was at Odeon.

briktopp
09-10-05, 06:39 PM
Was there a terrible H&M jean advert based on Romeo and Juliet that lasts about 6 minutes in with the trailers? I saw 3 films last week (Deuce Bigalow, Land of the Dead and A History of Violence) and it was on before all 3. This was at Odeon.

nah dont think so - i watched it at vue in watford

wintermute
16-10-05, 02:07 AM
Well now I've seen it, and I liked it :) Even though they made some effort to fill in the plot from the TV series I'm not sure I would have enjoyed it as much if I hadn't watched that too - there wasn't much time spent building up the characters to give you a chance at forming an emotional bond (and therefore caring whether they lived or died).

and honestly can Whedon do anything that doesnt involve a teenage girl doing kung Fu

Erm yes, he's done exactly two different things which involved a teenage girl doing kung fu in something like 17 years. Don't remember many kung fu teenagers in Toy Story or Roseanne (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0923736/), but you might have seen a special director's cut? :P

it just seems kinda midly perverse.

Or is it more perverse that people only watch the stuff he's done when it involves a teenage girl doing kung fu? Of course he's just going to add to the stereotype because apparently he's signed on to do the screenplay for Wonder Woman...

Rob

McBain
21-02-06, 09:48 AM
Serenity has finally made it into profit, thanks to DVD sales (http://www.sliceofscifi.com/archives/dvd_sales_push_serenity_over_the_top.html) :)

BaDBoY UK
21-02-06, 09:55 AM
I got a HD trailer for this film and it looked like a Joss Whedon film - funny and sci-fi...

... however it was an extreme disappointment. I felt there was something missing throughout the film throughout. Shame because the idea is good.

Lestat
21-02-06, 09:57 AM
Had you wtched the series becuase if you have not it will not be near as good.

spoodie
21-02-06, 10:00 AM
Excellent! One of the most underated TV shows/films of all time.

Mincemeat
21-02-06, 01:19 PM
I havent watched the series (didnt even know that they had one) and I too felt the film was shallow and lacking something...

spoodie
21-02-06, 02:16 PM
I havent watched the series (didnt even know that they had one) and I too felt the film was shallow and lacking something...
If you havent seen the series then you probably wont feel much for the characters, there's a lot of character development in the series, but not enough as the geniuses at Fox canned it. Personally I enjoyed the TV show more than the film.

EDIT: reading back I think I've just repeated what Wintermute has said, but Firefly is genuinely a good TV show, so unless you have a strong hate of sci-fi or westerns give it a go. It's also very funny in parts.