Friday, October 07, 2005

Serenity (**1/2)

Serenity starts off wonderfully enough. It's interesting, quick-witted, and something you haven't seen before. A space western is a great idea. To do a "horse chase" with spaceships instead of horses is pretty cool. But from there on out, it just becomes another geeky, cliche sci-fi saga. I must admit that I've never seen Firefly, the Joss Whedon show that developed a huge cult following, but this film doesn't make me want to watch it. The characters are mostly flat and uninteresting. Nathan Fillion makes for a fine, Harrison Ford-type leading man, but the rest of the cast is utterly forgettable and deserve to stay on a small screen. This is not the kind of movie that reinvents the sci-fi genre. It does some small, interesting things with it, but nothing more.

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At 10:02 AM, Blogger KLE said...

ONLY 2 AND A HALF STARS?!

Oi! Non-believers. While I will admit that the movie didn't leave much time for the character development of the seven crew members (or the other two of the original cast that weren't on the ship at the beginning), I'm going to forgive the movie. Anyone who knew "Firefly" knew the characters, and I don't think Joss Whedon felt it was important enough to coddle the non-Browncoats, since he provided them with a good story and lots of action.

 

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