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January 08 2006

In tough movie year, a few bright spots. Columnist talks about the declining choices of good movies in 2005 and the few he thinks were worth seeing. "Serenity: "Revenge of the Sith" may have raked in more money, but Serenity is the movie that restored my faith in science fiction."

I'd say this puts Serenity in excellent company. Deservedly so, naturally. And his comparisons to Star Wars... well said.
"Intelligently written and wonderfully acted, it’s everything “Star Wars” was 30 years ago with none of what it is today."

A friend of mine wrote in a blog (that was linked to here, I think) something to the effect that "Serenity is the place where Star Wars fans go when they grow up. I agree."

And she was a total Star Wars freak!

I still believe Serenity to be a profound work of art, a deep understanding of human nature, authority, freedom, and consequences of overstepping the natural order of things, as Xander might say...uh, did say.

And, of course, immensely entertaining, intensely invigorating, and ultimately, amazingly beautiful, wonderful, and enlightening.

Okay, I'm totally in the tank...but you knew that.
Chris inVirginia said:

"Serenity is the place where Star Wars fans go when they grow up. I agree."


Well said, and here we are, all grown up and loving the coolness, the humour and the style of our new heroes!
"Serenity: Revenge of the Sith"

??

A joke I'm not seeing, perhaps? :)
How peculiar... He managed to single out my 4 favorite movies of the year and rank them in the same order as I would (completely ignoring King Kong of course).

[ edited by Djungelurban on 2006-01-08 02:35 ]
Willowy, Serenity is listed as the movie and then the RotS blurb following it. There is no Serenity: Revenge of the Sith implication/joke.
where Star Wars fans go when they grow up

You know, this is where I've always questioned Universal's marketing strategy towards trying to attract teenaged boys, expecially with respect to the cover of the DVD. With no disrespect intended to the younger members of the Whedonesque community, Serenity tends to appeal to older viewers. Each of the six times I saw the film in the theaters, the average age of the audience was probably in the mid-30s (of course, I singlehandedly bring up the average, but who's counting). I think it may have been a link from Whedonesque some time back about how recent surveys show that the younger male audience that Hollywood likes to think of as their target are off playing video games and not going to movies -- that Hollywood is trying to play to an audience that doesn't care, and missing the audience that would really like to see good movies. Although I have not yet seen it, the success of Brokeback Mountain seems to suggest that there's an audience that really wants to see good movies -- not just two hours of special effects with a handful of cliched lines of dialogue tossed in. I didn't see RotS -- and likely won't see it because of the poor quality of the prequels leading up to it and because of the lousy reviews -- but it does not surprise me that Serenity is seen as a breath of fresh air to those who originally saw Star Wars (the first trilogy) as refreshing. And, had Universal tried to reach the people who really loved the first Star Wars films, maybe they would have brought in more of an audience.
I am a grown up Star Wars fan.....of the original trilogy and I am so glad that I found Serenity.

Also, I agree 100% with you palehorse.

[ edited by haven on 2006-01-08 04:19 ]
Interesting thought, Palehorse.

One of my firearms instructors taught that if any of his students was ever charged in a real self-defense shooting, on no account should they pick a defense lawyer at random, since a generic defense lawyer is used to defending guilty people, rather than arguing an affirmative defense--to argue that what you did was right in that circumstances.

Like that defense lawyer who's never defended a truly innocent person, I don't think studios which are used to marketing packaged excrement with star power, have ANY CLUE how to market an intelligent, thought provoking action movie. They give every movie the same treatment, which is essentially intended to trick the moviegoing audience into parting with their money before realizing how much their expectations differed from the actual movie.

The sad thing is, I think Serenity would have done better if SOMEONE had boycotted it, instead of its getting generally positive reviews from all sides of the political aisle.
Wow, that guy has a great list. Apart from King Kong, he listed some of my favorite movies of the year. (Though, just to be nitpick-ish, Crash is technically a 2004 release...I'll let it slide, though. But just this once.)

And, hey, is it legal to enjoy both Star Wars trilogies? 'Cuz I do. I mean, the original trilogy is obviously superior, but I liked all six movies. And as far as Revenge of the Sith goes, I was pleasantly surprised. It even is in the bottom half of my top 10 of 2005, found here.

I mean, I don't wanna be breaking any laws.
Great line: "everything “Star Wars” was 30 years ago with none of what it is today."
Like that defense lawyer who's never defended a truly innocent person, I don't think studios which are used to marketing packaged excrement with star power, have ANY CLUE how to market an intelligent, thought provoking action movie.

This is about the best analysis of the way movies are advertised I've ever read! It really fits what I see in commercials, trailers, newspaper ads, and so on. Well said, jclemens! :-)
palehorse, I thought the general reviews of Revenge of the Sith were actually quite good. I certainly thought it was probably the best film it could have been considering how the story was being played out and considering that post-OT George Lucas was involved. Definitely not perfect and definitely not better than Serenity, but I did think it was better than the other prequels and I thought that most critics felt the same way.

And I agree about the marketing of Serenity. I think the "ultimate action adventure" and DVD cover are the wrong way to go. The problem I think is that the younger audiences just aren't interested.

The people who Universal should have tried to appeal to were slightly older people who may have heard of Serenity in different film magazines and on the Internet but who were never convinced to see it. A marketing campaign tarketing at a more mature audience, who would appreciate good films like Serenity, would have been more appropriate than marketing it as some cynical sci-fi romp with loads of cool special effects.

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