This is surprising considering the plot for Serenity is a gritty outlaw western, set in a science fiction genre. But the reason why 4 out of 5 movie critics gives it a thumbs up ( See Link
See Link) is the acting, cast chemistry, how much you as the audience come to care about the characters, even if you haven’t seen them before, and the fact that it is a classic tale retold with twists that point out the glaring clichés in other films and make you laugh. My how you laugh. And maybe cry too.
Like I said, you find yourself pulling for the crew of the Serenity. They are the underdogs. The outcasts. These are not the beautiful people. These are the people you generally pass in the streets and hope to ignore. These are the lower class trying to make a living on the frontier. This is their story. And like truth, they do not fare well.
It is also a story about a fundamental reality, that there are two kinds of people in the universe: Those who wish to be left alone, and those who won’t leave them alone. And that those who won’t leave them alone are almost always the winners. That the world almost always belongs to those who wish to be left alone because they struggle to make the land livable, but their property is always subsequently taken by those who follow.
Serenity, the movie is an struggling underdog too. It is a shame that like the crew of Serenity, this film isn’t faring well. It is playing to mostly empty theater seats. And that is a shame, because it means you will miss your chance to see a good yarn. That is a rare thing coming from Hollywood, as we experienced this summer with every tired, warmed over sequel, remake, and hack television drivel. Yes, Serenity is based upon the failed TV series, Firefly. But it was not a hack plot. It was a fresh perspective, that got a major motion picture studio to spend $40 million to bring the tale to the big screen. If you want to see a good movie for once, you had best hurry, because sadly, even with the very good reviews, Serenity won’t be around much longer.
Would I say this is a must see? No. Would I say this was a B+ should see. Absolutely. Good movie to take a date, because there is plenty to keep your girl shedding tears while you watch the action.
For a link to a synopsis of Serenity, without spoilers see: No Spoiler Serenity Synopsis
No Spoiler Serenity Synopsis