(Original post by Jayk Bakner)
Okay, I haven't seen any new
movies for AGES - no bleedin cinema for miles around here
- but I just rewatched Serenity, and since no-one else has reviewed it, I have! Wahey!
Name of Film:
Serenity (2005, Joss Whedon)
It's not everyday that I have my expectations completely blown away. And this movie came along and did it.
When I first heard of Serenity, back in early 2005, I was a little dubious about it. Particularly with the semi-corny internet banners, advertising it as 'this generation's Star Wars' and suggesting stereo-typical characters 'the fugitive, the pilot, the captain' etc. Now, I'm an enormous Star Wars fan, and almost EVERY movie this has been said about has been utterly awful. So I dismissed Serenity almost immediately. Then, one gloomy weekend in late 2005, I decided to go to the cinema to see something
. The only thing on? Serenity. So I bought my ticket and headed in.
I wasn't too impressed in the beginning, the acting of the main ensemble seemed a little forced, even with the impressive long cut that introduces us to them. But it only got better. They fell into their characters perfectly, and as the movie progressed, they display a brilliant array of emotions; humour, hopelessness, the whole works! And the action! What action! The three major fist fights were some of the most visceral I had seen all year (this was a year with Batman Begins and Ong Bak, just so you know!). The chase scene was just exhilarating, and the space battle at the very least equals anything put out by a certain sextet of films set in a galaxy far, far away. The occasional bit of gun play was well placed, and played out in a very entertaining manner.
Other great things; the dialogue. Some truly classic lines; perfectly delivered by the cast. It's typical Whedon dialogue; snappy, witty and full of cultural references - both obscure and trivial - and it's all brilliantly delivered by the cast. Even some of the cornier lines are delivered in such a way that you can't help but grin, because it just feels right for the situation. Also, the story, whilst a little bit convoluted - you do have to stay awake and keep up - was fantastic, if only a little bit clichéd.
Next, the special effects. Whilst they're by no means fantastic - this is a character and story piece, and thus the focus isn't on them - they are pretty decent. I loved the way that they had an almost hand-held feeling about them, as if they were actually happening, and there was a guy with a camera trying to catch it all on tape. They just felt so real
, and the characters blended in perfectly.
I only have two gripes with the movie. First off, the performances of the main ensemble start of VERY slow, and it feels a little awkward right at the start of the movie. The other is that, as I said, the story is a little bit confusing, and it does require 2 viewings to fully get what's going on.
So, all-in-all, I'd thoroughly recommend this film to anyone, as it has everything; humour, drama and action! What more could you need!
Rating Out of 10: