"That which is overdesigned, too highly specific, anticipates outcome; the anticipation of outcome guarantees, if not failure, the absence of grace."
-- William Gibson, All Tomorrow's Parties
"Dear Buddha, I would like a pony and a plastic rocket."

Evan, Harry, Sherri and I went to see Serenity last night. I wasn't worried it was going to suck. I knew it was going to be good. In Joss We Trust. And it completely blew my expectations away.

Best movie in ages, completely true to the series, and something even someone who's never heard of Firefly can enjoy.

The acting was as awesome as ever. The dialogue, special effects, music, cinematography, everything. Perfect.

They set it up so there could easily be sequels, or it could just as easily end where it is and I'll be happy. We got to learn what happened to River, and essentially Shepherd Book's history as well. There were two scenes where I wanted to yell and throw things at the screen, and I can't remember the last time I was so into characters in a movie that happened. People who didn't see the series might not get that worked up, but I'm sure I wasn't the only person in the audience making fists.

(The only time I can recall it happening with a book was The Song of Ice and Fire when something incredibly awful happens to one of the characters you've spent three books watching get built up. Speaking of SoIF, I saw some kid sitting on a bench outside the quad yesterday reading I think Game of Thrones. Awesome.)

People clapped when the movie ended, and everyone walked out laughing and obviously satisfied with the film. How long has it been since you've been to a movie where that happened?

October 1, 2005 9:49 AM
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There was applause at the end of film here, too. The place was full of fans of the series, and one man led us all in singing "The Hero of Canton" before the film. The place was wild and the movie rocked.

Posted by: Daniel at October 2, 2005 10:53 PM

Hahah.. that rules!

Gauging from the talk before/after the movie, I'd say that probably about a third of the people in the audience hadn't seen it.

The people I was with hadn't seen it, and didn't even really know the premise, but seemed to enjoy it quite a bit. They said it was the best movie they'd seen in ages.

Joss++

Posted by: bda at October 3, 2005 9:37 AM

I'd say about three quarters of the people at this showing were fans of the show (many of them had dressed up, about half of just those were wearing the awful red-orange hat Jayne received in the show). Hell, most of us stayed for the credits. If only I didn't have to endure the Doom trailer beforehand...

Posted by: Daniel at October 3, 2005 7:32 PM

I'm totally going to see DooM. I have zero doubt that it's going to be hilarious.

The Rock. FPS chainsaws. Fo' shizzle!

Posted by: bda at October 4, 2005 1:33 AM
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