Thursday, August 25, 2005

Movie: Serenity Advanced Screening! (NonSpoiler)

Last night was very special, myself and a handful of friends got the chance to see a special advanced screening of Joss Whedon's FireFly movie, "Serenity". Not only did we see the film six weeks before general release, but at the start of the film there was a short intro from Joss, which went along the lines of "Thanks for all your support that got the film made, tell all your friends about the film so we can make more." and following the film there Gina Torres and Adam Baldwin were present for a stand up Q&A with the audience.

The intro alone was unexpected, but having a couple of the stars there as well was such a bonus. The questions asked ranged from good solid ones, to cringe worthy comic book geek questions. You could see they were taking it all in their stride, and with the more reasonable questions in good humor, but there were moments where you really felt sorry for them to have to confront the more extream geekyness.

So, as for the film - It was everything I hoped it to be, it moves at a great speed, has tons of action that mixes with the wordcrafting of Joss perfectly. From a FireFly fan point of view, you can see how the plot of the first season could have developed, yet you don't need to know the series to enjoy the film. Yes, there are moments where you know there is history to a situation, and in a way, if those situations were in a film that was truely stand alone, you might critize it for not been fleshed out enough. But based on the crowd I was with, the non fans had no issue with those bits, in fact, if anything it made them want to see the series. And the missing knowledge had no impact on the story its self.

Since I'm trying not to spoil anything of the film, all I can say is go and see it, as a fan you won't be disapointed, and as a non-fan, it's an amazing sci-fi action movie that doesn't follow the same old tired plots, the set-action is stunning and the script inteligent and witty, and in parts, darkly so.

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