There are two sorts of people in the world: those who believe Joss Whedon is a genius and those who are wrong. – Connie Ogle in the Miama Herald, Friday 30th September 2005.

I am a firm believer in Joss Whedon being a genius, and so I was eager to see “Serenity”, the movie spin-off the cult-hit (but short-lived) TV series, Firefly.

For fans of the TV series, the film finally answers all those questions that were left unanswered by its cancellation and the subtle witty touches and powerful, thoughtful dialogue is as present on the big screen as on the small. Unfortunately witty touches and powerful dialogue aren’t enough to keep a viewer’s interest for a whole 2 hours and Serenity fails to really make the transition from TV to film. Joss Whedon has created some intriguing and realistic characters but the pace required to drive forward a single two-hour story leaves little room for the slow growth and development that make his TV programmes so addictive.

It’s not a bad film — certainly one of the most original concepts to be released this year (are they really so desperate they’re making a film about Doom?!) — but the story isn’t grand and epic enough to grip the attention for two hours, and the character development feels rushed, a year’s worth of incremental growth shoe-horned into a single storyline. I enjoyed it, as will everyone else who has watched the TV series, but sadly I don’t think it will appeal to people who aren’t familiar with Firefly.

4 Responses to “Serenity”

  1. Stephen Rymill Says:

    Well, I’m happy to report that I really liked the film, despite being rather indifferent to the two episodes of the series that I saw. So there! 🙂 Although you are right that it would have been far nicer to have seen that plot spread out over the course of four or five series. Ah well.

  2. Stephen Rymill Says:

    Oh, and I’m tempted to go and watch the series now!

  3. Nathan Says:

    Excellent! You should really enjoy the series as the first two episodes weren’t great, probably because they aren’t really the first two episodes but two random episodes the network chose to show first. (Or something.)

  4. Stephen Rymill Says:

    Yeah, apparently they showed most of the episodes out of order. Very strange. Anyway, I’ve added the series to my Lovefilm queue 🙂