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15 December 2005 @ 12:49 pm
Some movies I finally got around to seeing recently  
Actually, I'm going to do this in a couple of seperate posts, because multiple LJ cuts won't protect multiple sets of spoilers.

Serenity

I've heard people say that it was not that special, that it was just like an extra long episode of Firefly. I'm actually going to take that further and say it wasn't even as good as an episode of Firefly. Somehow all the awesome action and high drama seemed to squeeze out all the fun of the TV show. In the show, even the most terrible, perilous situations were always fun and full of humour. that seemed to be lacking here as Whedon scrambled to fill the movie with story and action. And, really, the story wasn't all that amazing; no big surprises or revelations.

Another thing that bothered me was the deaths of two of the major characters. My criticism of this aspect is something that could apply to Buffy and Angel as well, so it's nothing new for Joss. To me, the deaths were simply plot devices. Neither of the main characters that died really had a very good death scene. Shepherd Book was just found in the dying state, and got the tremendously cliched final words of wisdom scene (why was he the only one still alive on the planet?); Wash was just suddenly dead (shock value?). Neither death was particulalry epic, and seemed only to give the other characters motivation for their later actions.

And the Simon/Kaylee romance was horribly rushed and smacked of fanservice.

Overall, it was a great sci-fi flick, with fantastic action and a cracking pace, but not, IMO, a fitting finale to a series so full of fun and humour (and we all know it was the finale). I don't know, it just wasn't as clever as I thought it would be.
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Talutha: bravo_icons - malbonesinger on December 15th, 2005 04:16 am (UTC)
Absolutely, I agree. I was hesitant to see it because I loved the show so much and knew that the movie couldn't measure up, being as it woudl have had a lot more hands on from studio producers and other clueless people.
I was upset by the deaths, not because the characters died but because they died cheaply and it was all unsatisfactory.
Ditto also on the longing for more Joss!Sparkle in the script.
ANd what was the deal with River suddenly going all Buffy, and Simon strutting around in a uniform going all Undercover!Bond at the beginning?
Being a fangirl, I love the movie simply by virtue of what it is and who made it - but the flaws are manifest and many, unfortunately. The plot, I feel, woudl have done better as an entire season of Firefly. Providing of course that boring old Fox hadn't canned it prematurely.
sjlsjl on December 15th, 2005 07:51 am (UTC)
To be fair, there were hints of River going all Buffy in the show -- eg, the time she grabs the pistols and shoots two enemy soldiers(?) without so much as aiming. And Simon going all undercover is easy to explain: there's not much else that could have been done to introduce the two characters, their relationship, and why they're on the run from society in such a short manner (remember that the movie has to appeal to those that haven't seen the show, as well as those that have.)

To have strangers pick up River, or to just have some expositional flashbacks, would have been clumsier.

But yes, the deaths were cheap, especially Wash's. Even after seeing the movie twice, it seemed (a) kinda pointless, and (b) somewhat disjointed -- there was no indication that anything he had done would set off the spikes, and there was also no indication that anybody else might have done that, either.
Jacobyak_boy on December 15th, 2005 08:08 am (UTC)
I thought the spikes were a weapon fired from the Reaver ship.
sjlsjl on December 15th, 2005 08:11 am (UTC)
Possibly. I'm not convinced, though. Would have to go watch it a third time, and I'm really not that curious right now. :)
Cassandracassie_lee on December 15th, 2005 08:34 am (UTC)
yeah it was, the Reaver ship crashed behind them and was firing at them, the camera looked over to the Reaver ship before they fired it the second time