Oh, how I love being right.
Last night, Lawrence and I attended a special sneak preview of the upcoming film Serenity. For those who don’t know, Serenity is an upcoming movie based on the short-lived Fox television series Firefly, created by Joss Whedon (of Buffy and Angel fame). It’s my opinion that at its best moments Firefly surpassed both Buffy and Angel, and since the series ran for only 14 episodes, it managed to be that good earlier than any TV show I’ve ever watched. The cast had amazing chemistry, the nine (!) main characters were instantly lovable and unusually well acted, the writing was incredibly witty (classic Joss humor), and the storylines were fun and inventive with plenty of mystery thrown in. The cancellation of the series not only left plots dangling, but also came as a very suprising and depressing blow to Joss and all the fans. Luckily, the story does not end there.
Having sucessfully turned a failed movie into a sucessful TV show (Buffy), Joss decided to try it the other way around. He pitched a Firefly movie to Universal, and amazingly, they opted to not only make the film, but to fast-track it. Written and directed by Joss Whedon and reportedly made with minimal studio interference, Serenity is currently in final post-production and hits theaters this September, but I was able to swing two tickets to one of the sneak previews last night. And Joss has delivered in spades.
Keep in mind that I tend to get overly critical when I go into things expecting greatness, and I’ve been hyping myself up for this movie for over a year now (one of my very first posts on this blog was in reference to the launch of the Serenity homepage). In this case, the hype was well deserved: the film is simply incredible. When Lawrence and I left the theater, our hands were shaking and our jaws were on the floor. The entire cast is back, along with addition of a few new great characters. The sets and designs were fantastic, the action and effects were incredible, and most importantly, the overall tone was great: fast paced, funny, at times dark and terribly heart-wrenching, and there are some intense shockers. But as with the series, what actually happens in the film (in terms of plot or storyline) is somewhat inconsequential; it is simply a joy watching these people interact on screen. Joss has created amazing characters and found amazing actors to bring them to life. Fans of the series will undoubtedly love it, but I think it will also stand alone incredibly well.
Bottom line, I cannot wait to see this movie again. At this point , September 30 is far too far away; hopefully there will be another preview showing. If not, the Y! Movies guys have mentioned that I might be able to finagle my way into a press screening in August. It’s that good.
Hope I’ve piqued your interest; if so, here are some links to check out: