The sci-fi movie, Serenity,
opens September 30, but my husband and I have already seen a
prescreening. This was one of those things the studio does, where they
show the unfinished film, and studio people watch the audience like
hawks for their reactions, and you have to fill out a lengthy survey
afterwards answering all kinds of questions about the film, and what
you liked and didn’t like about it.
I first have to say
that I am a sci-fi fan. Some sci-fi. I hate the grisly alien horror
stuff and refuse to see it or allow it in the house. I like the robots
/computers /machines /cold logic pitted against human virtues and
frailties stuff. I like that sci-fi, more than any other genre,
explores the deep philosophical questions of the universe.
back to Serenity. Even unfinished, I enjoyed it tremendously. It was
light-years (ha) beyond Star Wars. It was Star Wars for grown ups.
There was a moral message; it was funny, witty, poignant,
action-packed, with hair-breadth escapes, and twists and turns that
kept you guessing till the end. We are really looking forward to seeing
it on opening day in the theater, finished, this time, LOL.
For those interested, the Sci-Fi channel is replaying the original tv series the movie is based on (called Firefly)
on Friday nights. The characters in the movie are all the same. I like
some things about the tv series and have reservations about the tv
I like that a major character is a pastor, and that
he has a respectful role in the crew. He is not a caricature. And I
like that the main characters interact like a family together; that
they are heroic and flawed, like a real family. They have their
strengths and faults, and they love each other for their strengths in
spite of their faults, like a real family. They help each other through
their trials, like a real family. And the reservations are obvious to
anyone who has seen the show.
But what I like about the
series is preserved in the movie. What I don’t like about the series is
absent in the movie, for the most part. In my opinion, the tv series or
the movie is not for children. My children, who are all grown, love the
series and can’t wait for the movie to come out. They are so jealous
that my husband and I were invited to a prescreening, LOL!
as someone who was completely disappointed in the absurdly childish
dialogue and plots of the recent Star Wars movies, I was very satisfied
with the compassion and intelligence of Serenity.