Sunday, 11 October 2009

(500) Films of Empire - Day 25 & 26

Day 25 was a zero film day as I had a long day at work trying to organise everything before I jet off on holiday. Luckily the cinema was very busy thanks to the first in another season of our Met Opera Live performances. It ain't over till the fat lady sings... oh wait.
When I got home late there was only time to catch up on X Factor before bed. A movie would have to wait till Sunday morning while I was packing.

383 - Serenity - 4 stars
Released in 2005, Serenity is the sci-fi film that the Star Wars prequels should have been!
Based on the cancelled TV series Firefly by Joss Whedon (the geek behind Buffy), it manages a great blend of action, fully developed characters, horror and humour... and not a huge over-reliance on special effects.
George Lucas made the prequels about the story of Anakin Skywalker but forgot that when we all watched the original trilogy as kids, no one wanted to be the bland Luke Skywalker, we all wanted to be Han Solo.
And Serenity has their Han Solo in the form of Mal Reynolds (ably played by Nathan Fillion), who is even more of a scoundrel then Han. The rest of the cast are superb and the bond they developed during the show is clear to see in the movie. New to the cast for the film is Chewitel Ejifor is also terrific as the cold, calculating Operative.
Now with the fact that the film was possibly the last chance to continue the story, Joss Whedon takes a tough line with his characters and not all of them make it to the end. It makes the ending genuinely exciting as you don't know what will happen.
However I do recommend watching Firefly before seeing Serenity to heighten the emotional impact of the characters' fates.

On holiday tomorrow to Madiera for a week so won't be watching as many films as usual (unless I get sunstroke on day one and spend the rest of the week inside) but I'll try and update each day if I can.

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