Monday, December 5, 2011

Review: Serenity

Firefly was one of my favorite television series that I have seen, and so this movie had a special importance to me. I love the characters that have been developed over the course of the series, and I was very pleased to see that not only were their core personalities intact, but in fact they had come into their own as actual people. Though one of the biggest appeals of the show for me was how intimate the story was, and the movie had a stereotypical "saving the galaxy" feeling to it, the characters and the world are both unique enough that it didn't feel tired or cliche.

The thing that saddens me most about the movie is the fact that the series came to an end. There were so many questions that needed to be answered, and now will not. However, considering what was left to work with, the movie did a superb job of tying up loose ends. Though there was still much left unanswered, the answers that were given were satisfactory, both in terms of storytelling and emotional fulfillment.

Blade Runner

I have to admit, this movie leaves me feeling very conflicted. I do have a particular fondness for dystopian stories, particularly when they take place in a science fiction environment. My biggest issue is a sad one, because since so many movies have copied its style and tone, seeing the original feels cliche. I wish I had seen the movie when I was younger, because it is extremely remarkable for how original of a movie it really was.

My second biggest issue is with Deckard and how he isn't particularly heroic. Normally this would be fine, however he is considered to be the best Blade Runner, and he spends most of the movie being beaten and bested. If he was a normal guy sucked into a situation beyond him, or he was shown to be beyond his prime it would be more fitting, but he is not.

That being said, the way the rest of the movie is handled is brilliant. The villains are intimidating, yet still sympathetic, and they all have great depth, as do all of the characters, even those in the movie for only minutes. The sets are very well designed, and feel very old and lived in. The plot has a nice, paced flow that feels very natural and organic, like what people in those situations would decide, other than simply what was written.