December 21, 2005

Quick Serenity Review

Well, I liked it but I'm not sure I loved it. Too much emphasis on things that go Boom! and not as much on the characters themselves as in the tee vee series. Plus, everyone seemed an awful lot angrier. I dunno - I suppose these measures were thought necessary in order to entice a wider movie audience. But they put me off just a bit.

Oh, and I won't discuss the plot, since our LMC hasn't seen the movie yet, but I'd always been under the impression that the hope was that if the movie was a big success, the series might come back. Don't see how that would have worked.

UPDATE: Speaking of reviews, Chai-rista weighs in hi-lariously on National Treasure

Posted by Robert at December 21, 2005 12:47 PM | TrackBack

As a bonus, Mrs. LMC bought the movie for me and I am working my way through the series before I get to the flick. Last night: "Shindig"

Posted by: LMC at December 21, 2005 01:53 PM

Jaynetown has to be my favorite Firefly episode so far. I have Disc 3 waiting at home for viewing...

Posted by: jen at December 21, 2005 02:54 PM

Jaynetown was an excellent episode, it ranks up Objects in Space and Our Mrs. Reynolds as one of my 3 favorites.

Posted by: Brian B at December 21, 2005 03:13 PM

Oh, and I disagree about the anger of the characters. I got the sense that that anger was always seething just below the surface, and the circumstances in the movie just brought it out.

Posted by: Brian B at December 21, 2005 03:15 PM

My favorites are "Out of Gas" and "War Stories". The first is not funny at all and the second's humor is decidedly dark.

Posted by: Mike at December 21, 2005 03:29 PM

I love Our Mrs. Reynolds.

I agree the anger is always there in the series, but I prefer seethe n' bubble to having it out on the surface so much. Of course, that's just me. And I can see where in a movie, as opposed to a series, one would have to do that.

Out of Gas is a really good episode.

Posted by: Robbo the LB at December 21, 2005 03:41 PM

Oh yeah, Our Mrs. Reynolds was hilarious, too.

Posted by: jen at December 21, 2005 04:12 PM

Sethe & Bubble works in a series, especially one that has other things going for it, because the tension keeps in interesting. But a movie has a fixed beginning, middle, and end, and having the anger come to the surface helps the whole conflict/resolution formula. If I'd wanted a movie with seethe and bubble and no resolution, I'd have rented High Fidelity.

Posted by: Brian B at December 21, 2005 04:46 PM

And Our Mrs. Reynolds was funny, sexy and tense all at once. I'm not sure what turned me on more -- Saffron, her almost kissing Inara, or Vera.

Posted by: Brian B at December 21, 2005 04:48 PM