Serenity

At the beginning of the year, I mentioned that there were several films being made this year that would be based on TV series.

The one that was of particular interest to me was Serenity, which would be based on the TV series Firefly which was on FOX a couple of years ago, but was unexpectedly cancelled. Firefly was a great TV series. It was just getting interesting when it was canned.

Our son had an unexpected sleepover last Friday, so it was an opportunity for my wife and I to finally get out and see Serenity before it disappeared off the big screens.

Spoilers ahead. If you haven't seen this film already, and you like science fiction, stop reading this now, waste no time and head out to your local theater right away before it's too late.

Others have blogged already about how great this film is. I've got to agree with them. If you hadn't seen Firefly, you might not pick up on all the tag-lines and in-jokes from the TV series, but the film is still a self-contained entity and you should be able to understand what's going on.

The film is very intense at times. Just when you think things are slowing down and the action is over for the moment, something unexpected happens that'll leave you gasping.

A good attempt was made to tie up all the loose ends from the TV series and to explain exactly what it was all about. I liked that River's character was expanded to its full potential and details were given on why she was like she was. The TV series really only hinted at this.

Nice to see all the actors from the TV series were in the film. The humor in the film is so subtle and really is a major win for me. Original dialogue, good emoting all around. Great visuals; both the CGI and the shots of the actors against various backgrounds. I would like to have heard an explanation of Sheperd Book's past life. There was only a one-liner in the movie on this and that didn't resolve this at all.

Others have hinted that there might be another film coming from Joss Weldon using the same Serenity crew. That seems unlikely to me. They did leave it open enough at the end, but there would have to be a completely new plot developed in order for this to happen.

Still, if it happens, I'll be there. I'll also be looking out for any other new movies by Joss (like Wonder Woman).

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