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"I am a leaf on the wind; watch me soar"

Nicely done, Serenity; I saw the film on Friday night, after I realized I hadn’t been to a movie since the end of August. I was an utter newbie, never having seen the original show Firefly, but went to Serenity on the vociferous advice of many people I trust. I’m not (as we geeks say) “having a geekgasm” over it – the movie didn’t truly grab me until its second half, when the drama really kicks in and the stakes for the heroes become huge – but there’s a lot to impress.

I love how the film takes unexpected twists and turns from the opening sequence onward, playing tricks with both the visuals and the soundtrack that would seem almost experimental if they weren’t effective. (Just the film’s first nine minutes give you hundreds of years of history, a glimpse into the dreams and memories of a psychic – and possibly psychotic – main character, a neat fight/escape, and a glimpse of the film’s philosophy – which you don’t really realize is its philosophy until much later. Compare what kid-River says at school to what Mal says to the Operative at the climax.) Yes, there’s a LOT going on, and kudos to writer-director Joss Whedon for pulling off the feat. He’s knocked me out before (especially with the Buffy episode “The Body”); parts of Serenity knocked me out, too. I’m liking the film better as I write about it more. “I’m gonna show you a world without sin…”

In a very heterosexual-but-still-appreciative way, I’m in love with Alan Tudyk’s character Wash. This entry’s title is one of his key lines. It’s his mantra, in fact, at, shall we say, a stressful time.

Plus, hey, like most of Whedon’s other projects, the film’s full of sexy people. Always a bonus.

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happyspector
Oct. 10th, 2005 11:12 pm (UTC)
Figured you for a Browncoat...
... And I'm guessing that River is as much your type as she is mine.

Are we in agreement that Summer Glau would be the ideal movie-Sally?
chris_walsh
Oct. 10th, 2005 11:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Figured you for a Browncoat...
Mmmmm. I'm not a Browncoat, but I have, erm, people I can borrow the coat from, if you get my meanin'.

re: Summer/Sally

Hmmm... Actually, you'd know better than I would: are you likely to see someone like Summer Glau in Vermont? She seems almost too exotic for the part. It's much easier for me to picture Jena Malone in Brattleboro...
happyspector
Oct. 10th, 2005 11:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Figured you for a Browncoat...
Aye, though Sally just happens into Brattleboro, and should be somewhat out of place on some level, to the degree that anyone can be out of place in a melting pot of freaks such as Brattleboro. Either Glau or Malone would be great as the character, for similar reasons. I can also see Anna Paquin slipping quite well into the role, though the emphasis would be almost completely different, in terms of aspects of the character.

Both Malone and Glau would play Sally the quiet, conflicted escentric very well, slightly scary and off-kilter, yet heartbreakingly sweet and vulnerable when falling in love with Rob, though Glau would come off tougher. Paquin's Sally would likewise seem a good match for Rob (assuming we have a well-cast Rob), though she'd also be more of a foil to him, bringing a greater sense of how much more realistically she's seeing things, and why she's hesitant.
chris_walsh
Oct. 11th, 2005 03:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Figured you for a Browncoat...
True, dat. And holy cannolli is River my type (or one of 'em). I do like me the tiny, dark and intense...
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