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August 29 2005

CinemaBlend.com Highly Anticipating Serenity. In their fall preview, Joshua Tyler and the CB staff rate their anticipation level of the Big Damn Movie a 4 out of 5.

Josh says: "Joss Whedon’s hilarious dialogue and the fact that it’s an adult movie set in outer space makes it worth watching, but it runs the risk of catering only to hardest of hardcore fanboys."

It's nice to see people jazzed about the idea of an adult movie set in outer space.
Also further down in the comments for Aeon Flux:

"It's hard to understand why Whedon fans had to petition to get Serenity made but Hollywood produced this one all on its own."

LOL! :)
That comment made me smile as well, yes. It's good to see people who didn't watch the show or who aren't whedon fans, give this movie the attention it deserves.

I could've done without the 'might only cater to the hardest of hardcore fanboys' comment, though. That might just put people off actually giving it a chance.
There was a massive debate in the forums about a month ago. Most of the forum folks were of the opinion that the film was going to crash and burn. That kind of negativity doesn't do anybody any good, IMHO.
Heh, the comment about Aeon Flux is funny and true. The animated series was far more strange than anything Joss has put on screen. If the live action adaptation has watered down the concept though, which I suspect is has a lot (though there're hints of some good bizarre traps at least--re: the razor-blade grass--even if the themes don't turn out to be as insane as the original), Aeon Flux could be a lot more easy to digest for mainstream movie-goers than Serenity.

I'd kinda like to go see both. Are they still opening September 30th though? Wasn't Aeon Flux pushed back until November or December?
I'm really tired of people saying they think only Firefly fans will like Serenity. Here's how I see it:

Joss' TV shows worked on more than one level. On the surface, they had good-looking people who were tough and witty, and the shows had a lot of action and the good guys saved the day (pretty much). Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a hot chick with superpowers in a world with magic and stuff. Fun and hilarity ensued, and sometimes there were tantilizing soap-opera twists that blew your mind. But there was another level with deep philosophical themes. You don't have to be an analytical person to like Buffy, you'll just get something different out of it.

I've seen Serenity and I'll say the same thing about it. It's got tough and witty good-looking people who have to go save the day. It's got lots of action, good sfx, and great characterization. For the average action-adventure or sci-fi movie fan, it is a great action-adventure/sci-fi movie. For flans, and for people who like to look beneath the surface of things, there's a strong theme running through the whole movie, and it gives it more depth and meaning.

Movie-goers that like action and adventure and sci-fi will like this movie, but not in the way that Browncoats will. And like others have said before me, you don't need to know these characters beforehand to like them in the movie. The movie does a great job introducing them all by itself. How often do we know characters we see in movies before the movie? Not very often. Does that make it difficult to understand them or care about them? No. This is not a bad Star Trek movie!
I'm cautiously optimistic that non-Browncoats will enjoy the movie, but I still feel nervous because I was completely unable to seperate myself as a fan when I saw it. I honestly have no grasp of how good it is as a standalone movie, and so I'm unwilling to say what kind of people will or won't like it.
There are some people on the board over there asking questions about why they should see this movie. If you have a minute, hope on over and give them your 2 cents.
It's nice to see people jazzed about the idea of an adult movie set in outer space.


What? you never saw the porn remake of the Sam Neill, Laurence Fishburne sci-fi film, retitled "Event Whore Risin'"

Sorry. I'll go away now.
If Serenity is promoted as action adventure with complex characters, great writing and actual plot instead of a sci-fi flick based on a “failed TV show” (enough all ready with that phrase) I think it will have a chance at a wider audience. The backstory of how it came to the big screen would be enough to raise interest in my book, but you can’t count on that to warm the hearts of cynical non-fans.
The general movie goer can’t be made to feel like it’s some exclusive thing only for Firefly flans, but rather they have to be caught up in a buzz that makes them think ‘I don’t know what the heck it is, but I’ll feel left out if I don’t go see it’. Are birds that can’t fly as popular as the success of March of the Penguins seems to indicate they are? I don’t even care if people go see Serenity because they are being sheep. There could be a chance that it will raise their expectations for what they expect from other films and the rest of the field won’t look as appealing anymore (kind of like the Whedon effect on TV shows) and they’ll just want to see Serenity over and over. The film reviewer for my local paper included it on a selective list of fall releases--which is something considering how many movies with big stars and big budgets are coming up. Even though he only briefly mentioned it a “sci-fi western born from… Firefly”, I e-mailed him today and thanked him for giving it a little boost in the buzz department. I should have also thanked him for using the word ‘born’ instead of ‘failed’. I wish I could see all of this from an objective point of view so if things don’t go so well it won’t be as devastating. I have never wanted a film to succeed so much in all my life and I haven’t even seen it yet!
There are some people on the board over there asking questions about why they should see this movie. If you have a minute, hope on over and give them your 2 cents.


And so I did.

[ edited by electricspacegirl on 2005-08-29 20:54 ]
And so I did.


:) I think I like yours better!
Thanks, MySerenity. I don't like making typos and not being able to edit posts though. Oh well.

I do like those posters though. They seem like nice people.

[ edited by electricspacegirl on 2005-08-29 21:53 ]
Well they liked both of yours since your reviews are now news items on the front page. Good work!
My review is a news item? Wow. That's quite the complement. I'll have to go see. Thanks, JoyofZeppo.
Nice post, esg. Hits all the good points and heads off some of the criticism by indicating the different levels of enjoyment possible. Universal should hire you! :)
Nice - I'd never heard of CinemaBlend before, but I like their style.

And, just between you and me, I think I'm in love with Lexi Feinberg. No, not her. Just her name. That's my perfect name right there. :)
Universal should hire you!

Thanks, palehorse, I'll let them know that. ;)

I've just been thinking this the entire time - how Joss' shows work on many different levels. When I first got into Buffy, I got sucked into the soap opera and the tragedy and it was fun and witty and female-empowered. But then I started to analyze it. I have a much richer experience with fiction now because of my attention to subtext, which is all because of Buffy.
bloodflowers wrote:
If Serenity is promoted as action adventure with complex characters, great writing and actual plot instead of a sci-fi flick based on a “failed TV show” (enough all ready with that phrase) I think it will have a chance at a wider audience.


I wholeheartedly agree. Serenity made an autumn movies top 12, but was also called "the big-screen version of his small-screen bomb, 'Firefly.'"

But also this:
...Serenity is directed and written by Joss Whedon, who was responsible for the best live-action TV show of the 1990s, Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Well they liked both of yours since your reviews are now news items on the front page. Good work!


Now I feel bad that I didn't write a more in-depth review :)
Me too, MySerenity. I didn't intend for my post to be a review. I just wanted to responde to the persistant and annoying complaint that only Browncoats will like this movie.

If I'd wanted to write an actual review, I'd have said more about the movie. Heh.

[ edited by electricspacegirl on 2005-08-30 17:39 ]

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