Let me start with the conclusion first: I enjoyed the movie Serenity. Whether you’ve seen the DVD series or not, you’ll enjoy this space western movie. That said….
Warning: Spoilers follow.
If you’re a fan of Firefly, you know what the disappointments are. Shephard Book’s death was the first shock. Book was the captain’s moral compass, even when the captain didn’t want to admit it. And Book had a lot of history with the Alliance that was frequently alluded to. When he died, I thought there would be some sort of miraculous return toward the end.
And then Wash died. Bam, game over. What was that all about? Tired of sentimental story lines, so you write away the love interest? The death was entirely pointless – they could have killed anybody at that point.
River went from Brain Damage Girl to Super Martial Arts Girl. All they had to do was put a cape on her and see if she could fly.
Captain used to talk tough but maintain a sentimental side. No sentimentality left anymore. Except for the fact he was trying to save the universe, you would have thought he was the bad guy.
I left with very mixed feelings – I really enjoyed seeing a new episode of these characters, but the deaths of two characters I enjoyed very much took a lot of the fun out of this movie.