Movie of the Day – Serenity

Calling all Browncoats, you know the words, sing along!

Take my love, take my land
Take me where I cannot stand
I don’t care, I’m still free
You can’t take the sky from me
Take me out to the black
Tell them I ain’t comin’ back
Burn the land and boil the sea
You can’t take the sky from me
There’s no place I can be
Since I found Serenity
But you can’t take the sky from me…

You know what’s coming, lets all rustle up some grub and I will tell the tale of a group of space cowboys and some young killing machine and  how they took on the Alliance!

Last time we left the intrepid crew of Serenity, they were high tailing it across the universe, making money and giving the Alliance the finger.  Little did they know that the Alliance has sent an operative (Chiwetel Ejiofor) to hunt down the crew of Serenity, particularly to retrieve River Tam (Summer Glau).  Malcolm Reynolds (Nathan Fillion) still being a jerk, takes his crew top side to get paid for their latest escapade, but River Tam for some reason just goes off and she dispatches a Cantina filled with thugs.  She turns her murderous gaze on Mal, before her brother Simon Tam (Sean Maher) controls her.  Mal doesn’t realize what River really is until he is contacted by The Operative and threatens to destroy everything Mal cares for unless he gets River Tam back.  Mal and his crew must come up with a way to figure what and why River is such an important person for the Alliance.

So, I am a Whedonite.  It’s true, I know, nerd!  While I wasn’t a big fan of Buffy and his whole spinoff into comics and Angel, I do love Joss Whedons writing and his contributions to comics can’t be ignored.  I am an unabashed Browncoat and while I am not breaking down the doors of Fox for cancelling the series all those years back, I do kind of wonder what could have been with this series.  It wasn’t just the concept of cowboys in space that was interesting, hell, Cowboy Bebop covers that wonderfully, but the the writing and the way that the characters all interact with one another is what made the show.  While the crew of Serenity are a bunch of “thieves” and rebels, they are likeable.  Mal has this certain aura of smugness and snark about him, but dammit if he isn’t just so loveable.  That is one of the best compliments that I can give about this TV Show/Movie and that is the characters are unique, but fill a standard role on the ship and they embody that role.  I love every one of the crew members and the cast fit their personalities perfectly.  While I have some issues as to what happens with several members during the movie, this is due more to the constraints of the movie and the story line Whedon was wanting to use.

With the story of Serenity, this is essentially what Season 2 of Firefly would have been following.  The way the series ended left a lot of questions on the table in terms of what River is meant for and Shep’s past.  Whedon ended up cramming together a season’s worth of plot into a 2 hour movie.  While Whedon knew that the series won’t be picked up, he could go all in with his story and characters, make it grand and operatic, then let the chips fall where they may.  We may not like where it went, but you have to appreciate the direction he took it.  I can’t fault him but goddamn why did you fuck with WASH?!

Serenity is a by-product of the fans.  The rampant following that Firefly has and the loyal legion of Whedonites and the fans of the cast have kept the spirit of the series alive.  When you think about the series and how it got truncated early in the season, this movie would not have been made without our devotion.  This is your movie, made by Whedon as a sign of his love for the series and fans.  That alone is something to be proud of, like our own little victory of Serenity Valley!

While the film is for the hardcore Browncoats out there, this is a fairly great sci-fi film in it’s own rights.  It’s got compelling characters, Joss Whedon’s touch of women empowerment with River Tam and Zoe, and solid cat and mouse chase.  If you want to get caught up on the characters and stories, please Netflix the Firefly series.  This will catch you up on the characters and the story that leads into Serenity.  Plus, you get a chance to check out a great show.

About Nick
I am just another blogger putting his thoughts into a website. My love is movies so most of my musings will be movie related. I work as an online marketer for an advertising company and when I am not earning a paycheck, I moonlight as a vigilante film blogger.

2 Responses to Movie of the Day – Serenity

  1. Frank Bishop says:

    Browncoat for life! Bring it back!

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