Well today I decided to watch a film that I have seen multiple times because I love Firefly and that is Serenity. Serenity continues the story of the Firefly crew who after discovering that River is holding an Alliance secret that they would do anything to keep quiet, the crew does all they can to discover the secret and broadcast it to the 'verse. Serenity is directed by Joss Whedon and stars Nathan Fillion, Summer Glau, Alan Tudyk, Gina Torres, Sean Maher, Jewel Staite, Chiwetel EJiofor, Moreena Baccharin and Adam Baldwin.
There are a lot of positives to this film and that includes: Great acting, brilliant story, good story progression, excellent action, a well executed tone and superb dialogue. To expand, as with the show the actors portray their characters perfectly becoming them in a sense; the new comers for the film are also excellent, Chiwetel Ejiofor's villian is probably the stand-out performance as he is both calculating and deadly. The plot of this film is really good as it is very intriguing and is structured in a way that captivates the audience from the beginning. The action in this film is really good as it is gritty and brutal, also the space and air combat is shot beautifully as it feels very personal as if you were a part of the battle. Where some episodes of Firefly were a bit more comedic the film still nails the general tone of the show which was a mix between a hard-hitting drama and a light comedic sci-fi. The reason why that tone works so well is because of the dialogue which is serious and philosophical when it needs to be and hilarious when it doesn't.
I do have a small problem which is generally to do with the nature of the film, as it is a film based on a tv show the film makers have to tread the fine line between not explaining everything in the world so the fans don't get bored but explaining enough so newcomers can still understand it. The film generally does quite a good job but certain relationships between characters wouldn't be felt and moments in the film wouldn't be as dramatic if the viewer doesn't have the background of the show; this is true for the relationship of Inara and Mal, for the entire character of Sheppard Book and understanding Simon's actions. The film still does a decent job of it though and with watching the show the limited time spent on certain characters and their relationships makes sense and are great moments in the film but for a newcomer the film might not work the way it is meant to.
Overall I love Serenity, it is a brilliant close to the Firefly 'verse wrapping most if not all the plot lines that felt unfinished by the end of the show and making a great film at the same time. So taking everything I have said into consideration I rate this film: