(shamelessly gushing fan moment)
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The Analytical Review: Serenity is what Star Trek: The Motion Sickness should have been but failed to be. If it were a book, it would be a Breakout Novel in the finest tradition of Donald Maas. Yes, it's that good.
The very first scene draws you in, even if you know nothing of the backstory, and sets up the situation for the rest of the film. Maybe this seems like an obvious observation, but what I'm trying to get across is that it's a powerful set-up. Within the first five minutes, River Tam matters to you, even if you've never seen her before, and you know that her adversary is a very dangerous person. Not only that, but he's a worthy adversary--intelligent and not obnoxious, the way many villains (cough--Anakin--cough) in movies are.
Whedon does not pull punches in this film. There are high risks and vital things at stake.
Overall, this is a very intelligent film with wonderful dialogue and well fleshed-out characters. People who like to mine movies for one-liners will find a treasure trove in Serenity. I am predicting that a whole slew of icons featuring said one-liners will be made, once the movie is officially released. I will wait to display any icons I make for this movie until then.
The Browncoat Fangirl Review: My God, this is the best movie based on a TV show I have ever seen! It is absolutely true to the original, and as a Firefly fan, I couldn't have wished for a better film or for a better homage to the TV series. It was BRILLIANT!
Seriously, Serenity would have made a great movie just on its own merit, even if there had never been a Firefly series preceding it. It was paced so well, with a wonderful mix of action, interpersonal tension, and splendid dialogue among the Serenity's crew. As a mercenary starship captain, Malcolm is able to say things which Captain Kirk could never get away with saying on a shipwide announcement. *giggles*
For those of you who like ship-to-ship combat, there's plenty of that. There's plenty of Jayne's Attitude, and lots of fun with Kaylie.
River and Malcolm are the principal players in this movie, even though it is done with an ensemble cast. They are the guts, the heart and soul of this film. I think perhaps Zoe is the conscience.
I have only one quibble about this movie, a logic quibble that has to do with combat. But I will wait until September 30 to discuss that.
What Is the Sound of a Fangirl Gushing? OMG, Summer Glau was there!!! She comes from San Antonio, a fact I didn't know until last night. She seems like a really nice person, I think a bit overwhelmed at the crowd attending the preview. Her dad and Grandpa were there--and that's exactly how she referred to him--as 'Grandpa.' That was neat, because it was so Texan and down-home!
Before the movie started, we spontaneously broke out into (really badly sung) renditions of the "Ballad of Serenity" and "The Hero of Canton." It was wonderful. :)
I have always been a fan of Firefly, but I became a Browncoat last night. Or maybe I just realized I had been one all along. It was a totally fantastic evening, and I am still psyched about it today.
I urge you all--Go see this movie! :D I think you will enjoy it immensely.