Movie Review: Serenity

Serenity is the best movie I’ve seen this year. Maybe I’m just forgetting some great movies, but I don’t think I’ve been as captivated by any other movies in recent months.

Serenity is the movie spin-off of the cancelled TV show Firefly, about outlaws in a vision of space resembling a blend of the old west and China. I’m also a big fan of the show, which should never have been cancelled. It could have been a huge hit if Fox hadn’t screwed up its marketing…not to mention showing the episodes out of order. This isn’t CSI…it matters which order you watch shows in, or it just won’t make sense. What were they thinking?

But anyway, I’m glad that the show managed to survive in the form of a movie. One thing that worried me was that it would end up being a long episode of the show…things would happen, but at the end, everything would be back to normal and ready for the next episode/sequel. Luckily, that’s not the case. This movie has balls. Major things happen, and it doesn’t feel at all like a 2-hour TV show.

Anybody who is even remotely interested in sci-fi, Westerns, or sci-fi Westerns will like this movie. Hell, anybody who likes movies will like this movie. V liked it, and I heard other girls coming out of the theatre talking about how great it was. Girls! They aren’t even supposed to like sci-fi!

Ok, so enough sexist gushing. Just go see Serenity, then buy the DVD. A sequel needs to be made, and the only way that will happen is if lots of people spend money on the first one. It did so-so at the box office, but if enough people continue to buy DVDs (of both the show and movie) it may be enough. With sequels coming out that nobody cares about, like The Whole Ten Yards, Analyze That, Earmuffs of Zorro (or whatever it’s called), and Meet the Fockers, certainly a sequel to Serenity can be made.



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