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Joss Whedon makes a rousing feature-directing debut, exploiting the cult status of his short-lived series Firefly to continue it on the big screen.
I mean Serenity no disrespect when I say it's enjoyably junky.
Ebert & Roeper:
It has a great sense of humor about it, an attractive cast and it's just a lot of fun.
Taut, immersive, and alternately hilarious and heartbreaking, a well-balanced blend of whooping Wild West action and space opera.
After an hour of intense disorientation, the movie's arch sarcasm becomes oddly entertaining.
Los Angeles Times:
Whedon knows that he's blazing down a well-worn trail, but he addresses that by deftly adding elements of humor, action, romance and horror and continually confounding audience expectations.
Louis B. Parks,
The best summer thrill ride since Batman Begins, Serenity roars in a late but mighty welcome considering this year's sub-fun slate.
Serenity, despite its simple chase plot and elegant narrative ductwork, is unmistakably a TV season's worth of roller-coastering drama, most of it balanced on the capable shoulders of Fillion, a natural leading man.
Dallas Morning News:
A space spectacle resonant with witty dialogue, accessible characters and kaleidoscopic action.
It's the zippy chatter among the Serenity's wised-up space pirates that gives the film most of its punch, but with only serviceable action sequences and largely cookie-cutter effects, you can still sense the void just outside.
A lot more sweaty fun than the last three overhyped, sterile, for-dorks-only Star Wars cartoons.
Serenity flies with sass and spirit, qualities that have been in palpably short supply in that Star Wars series since, well, Star Wars.
New York Daily News:
As always, Whedon's sci-fi fantasies smartly parallel the serious issues we're grappling with here on Earth, while his protagonists remain mordantly funny in the face of utter disaster.
Serenity isn't about effects. It's about narrative and characters, and it does a solid job in both areas.
Serenity is made of dubious but energetic special effects, breathless velocity, much imagination, some sly verbal wit and a little political satire.
Serenity is a trim little picture of epic proportions.
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
The cast, a handful of sarcastic, working-stiff interstellar outlaws, is a magnetic bunch, turning the cliches of sci-fi adventure inside out.
Globe and Mail:
Part of the kick to Serenity is watching the filmmaker expertly play with moods as he hyphenates the western and sci-fi genres.
Fans get priority seating on the ride, but there's plenty of room for rookies to clamber aboard.
The settings and tone are hyper-real, yet the human behaviour is grounded and credible, the moral conflicts complex and involving. Shiny, intelligent fun.
Though diehard fans probably will take issue, Serenity is mostly sci-fi silliness attempting to be something more substantive.
Bounces around to sometimes memorable effect but rarely soars.
Whedon, who always delights in blending genres and tones, has assembled his most frantically disparate collection of pop culture quotations, boldly and cleverly going where plenty have gone before.
Half a millennium after Neil Armstrong's one small step for mankind and we're back in the saddle again.