In which I plug 'Dollhouse'
The excellent 'Serenity', a feature film based on the equally excellent 'Firefly', is available quite cheaply at Amazon right now. As I write it is below the six quid mark. I thought 'Serenity' was a great film, it was written to both please people familiar with 'Firefly', as well as introducing new viewers to the world.
It didn't get the recognition it deserved at the time, which was a shame, but it's well worth picking up on DVD.
Given the choice, I'd recommend that people watch 'Firefly' before 'Serenity', as the latter ties up some loose ends in the former.
As well as Serenity just coming out on DVD, Firefly is on sale at a silly price right now. Firefly is the series upon which Serenity was based. As I write, the price for the Firefly boxed set is £12.97 - this really is good value. (3-mar-2006 Update: Now £11.97 - this is getting silly!)
Serenity is released on DVD today. Serenity is an excellent, if little known film, from the mind of Joss Whedon (of Buffy fame). It is based on the wonderful series Firefly. Both Serenity and Firefly are well worth checking out.
I ordered my copy of Serenity a few months ago. It should be with me in very short order, but not immediately as I've also ordered 'Night Watch', a Russian film released on DVD next month.
The BBC's Film 2005 has a Film of the Year poll at the moment. Looking around the Film 2005 site, I see that I have used almost the exact phrase that Ross did in his review. Ah well, that rules me out of winning a baseball cap! This is my entry: Serenity, the film based on the sadly cancelled Firefly, was an enormous writing achievement by Joss Whedon. Not only was there the superb piece of politicing involved in getting the thing made (helped by a surge in DVD saled for Firefly), but Joss had to write the film to satisfy those familiar with Firefly as well as avoiding alienating those who were not.
This was pulled off with applomb.
The film gave a genuine sense of jeopardy, as well as the sense that nobody, not even the 'Firefly Favourites' was truly safe. Indeed, as someone familiar with 'Firefly', I was surprised and to be honest slightly shocked, when a character who was very familiar to me was dispatched.
My wife, who was less familiar with 'Firefly' was equally surprised. It did give the film some genuine urgency, I thought that 'Whedon is going out with a bang, he is going to kill them all!'
If only the three star wars films had been a third as good.
My only regret about this film is that it didn't get the attention that it so richly deserved.
I have seen Serenity. Sufficed to say that this film lived up to my expectations, and surpassed them. It did bring in the uninitiated whilst not repeating things for those familiar with Firefly.
It's a barnstormer of a film, and wraps up the series nicely, whilst at the same time leaves things open for more.
I kept myself spoiler free for this film, and if you know Firefly I suggest you do too. Sufficed to say that Joss Whedon caused my jaw to hit floor in a couple of places, there was one place in particular where I couldn't believe what had just happened (soon after an emergency landing) in the second half of the film.
I cannot emphasise strongly enough how good this film is.
See it in the cinema (you're too late - but it's now on DVD)
See it soon. You don't need to have seen Firefly, but chances are that you will want to afterwards!
Oh, and Kaylee fans should watch for a line soon after Mal checks his gun into storage as our guys enter a bar....
Serenity is based on Firefly, a show that did poorly on TV mainly because the US TV execs messed it about a lot, different times each week - even the dedicated had a hard time finding it. It looked like Firefly was dead, but strong DVD sales due to word of mouth recommendations gave the execs pause for thought, and in what must be an unprecedented move they made a film from the recently cancelled show. This is something for which they should be applauded. I got my DVD set back in April last year, as soon as I could!
If you have never seen Firefly, watch Serenity and then seek out the Firefly DVDs for the backstory, if you have seen Firefly chances are that you will already be planning on seeing Serenity! The film has (apparently) been written to satisfy those familiar with Firefly and at the same time bring in those who aren't. Joss Whedon has said that the film was his toughest writing task to date. The buzz amongst those who have seen it is good - but I am avoiding reading reviews myself (as such there are no spoilers linked from this article, but you could try clicking on the tags below for up to the minutes news).
The trailer is excellent, River gets to not 'hide in the corner a lot', and we get to see a little of the River we saw in the series when she used a gun...
The one thing I didn't note in the trailer is the 'Firefly' theme. I have my fingers crossed that this isn't excised from the finished film.
Serenity is the film I've looked forward to most in years. It's marked in my diary in big letters. Apparently it was one of Joss' toughest writing jobs ever, he had to cater for people who had never seen Firefly, as well as those who were very familiar with it.
Some may opt to see Firefly after the film, but to my mind - it cannot be a bad thing to have familiarity with one of the best shows which has been produced in recent years. The enjoyment of Firefly now far outweighs the enjoyment of it in six months time!
Take my love, take my land....
Joss Whedon's Firefly has finally arrived on Region 2 DVD. More than that, my copy has arrived!
Firefly is Joss Whedon's Successor to Buffy the Vampire Slayer (S1, S2, S3, S4, S5, S6, S7) and Angel (S1, S2, S3, S4). Both are excellent series, and were very popular. Firefly is less well known, mainly due to the fact that Fox messed it around in the schedules, as a result decided that nobody liked it, and then cancelled it.
This was a profound error. Firefly is a wonderful show. Indeed, a deal has been done to turn it into a film, so Serenity will rise again. Firefly is set in the future, mankind has colonised other worlds. As with frontiers in the past, life on the frontier is basic. It therefore shows a mixture of the high tech with the low tech but established technology - Firefly is a western, with spaceships.
I realise that if you've never seen it, your eyes will have gone to the heavens. However, it works. It really does. With the series coming out on DVD this week, my copy of Firefly was on order back in 2003.