Mark Bernstein on Serenity
A good movie. See it. Probably the best science fiction movie since The Matrix. And, while you could still make a case for the original Star Wars if you wanted, this is probably the best space opera to date.
S and I went for the show on Friday and we enjoyed a pretty much empty theater. I sensed that Serenity, a closer on the Joss Whedon series Firefly (which I was sort of sad to see drop off the air: if it’s good, it’s doomed on SciFi), was the result of a top-notch editing job, taking lots of episodes pipelined for story development, and truncating the whole into a tight narrative built for filmspace. I suspect also though that those unfamiliar with the series may find the characters and narrative complications perplexing.