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Best line in the movie:

The Operative: Are you willing to die for your beliefs?
Captain Mal: Yes... (he blasts away at the Operative from point blank range) 'Course, that ain't plan A.
My wife and I saw Serenity today and we both agreed it was one of the best movies we've seen in a long time. We're both big fans of Buffy, of course, but we hadn't seen anything of Firefly before. But we had no problem falling into the new 'verse Joss Whedon had created.

I liked the movie because it told an interesting story and told it well, didn't insult the audience's intelligence, and had interesting characters that were sympathetic enough to make you care about them and different enough to make them real. Much has been written about why there's been such a drop off in movie attendence during the past year. My theory is that most movie-makers think their audiences consist of nothing but drooling morons. They have no respect for any of us. They seem to think we're incapable of empathizing with the main characters unless we're led by the nose through the most trite and clichéd background setups, and will be absolutely bewildered by the supporting characters unless they're one of the same cardboard cutouts we've seen a hundred times before. As well, movies now all come with 'themes' or 'messages'; but they're all the most banal, greeting card mush -- and told to you as if you've never had a thought cross your brain before.

So Serenity was refreshing. It deserves to be seen, if only to remind people what the movies are about. There's adventure, action, wit, drama, and humour -- and it seems so effortless.

I'm sure many reviewers are comparing this flick to the horrible, horrible abomination George Lucas unleased in the theatres this summer, because it feels so right. I have to do the same:

George's movie cost US$120m. Joss' movie cost US$40m. George's movie had the lamest dialog since... well, his last movie. Joss' dialog shone. George's movie had a spaceship crash-landing sequence that had me groaning because it was so dumb. Joss' movie had a spaceship crash-landing sequence that had me on the edge of my seat. The sets on George's movie were as sterile as Star Trek. The sets in Joss' movie looked lived in. George's movie had no characters you could care about. Joss' movie gives you a new family to love. George's movie used 'dramatic foreshadowing' to tell you everthing that was going to happen before the movie was half over. Joss' movie had you guessing 'til the end. George's movie stunk. Joss' movie rocked. George's movie made a pazillion dollars. Joss' movie will do 'OK' (I hope).

Go see it. Now.


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