Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
The crew of the ship Serenity tries to evade an assassin sent to recapture one of their number who is telepathic.
First of all, let me say that I am/was an ardent fan of the Firefly TV series. It absolutely amazes and depresses me that such an unbelievably well-done series would be canceled in its first season. This fact says a great deal about the artistic tastes and foresight of those who run the networks.
With regard to Serenity, as a movie by itself, it is excellent in many respects. Its characters are rich and their interactions are filled with emotion and humor. The pacing is excellent and the graphics are first-rate. You never feel that you are watching a digitally enhanced film.
Nevertheless, I felt that the movie departs in several respects from the feel of the television series which I loved. First of all, in the movie, the main characters (especially Mal) are much darker and more vicious than they were on television series. For example, in one TV episode, Inara tells Mal that the Madam, Nandi, who ran a bordello, kept her "family" together with the strength of her heart and will, with the implication that Mal does the same for the crew of Serenity.
In the movie, however, Mal comes across as much more heartless and authoritarian. Until the very end of the movie, Mal never reaches out to his crew members, nor does he make much of an effort to communicate with them, or understand their individual situations. He is also much more cavalier in his treatment of innocent bystanders.
Additionally, although there is humor in the movie, there is much less than in the television series. Is this Hollywood's effort to show that the movie is a "serious" cinematic event? Whatever the reason may be, the movie makes a determined effort to show that this is not simply a light-hearted, swashbuckler, but is a dark and brooding dramatic endeavor. Insofar as it departs from the joyful spirit of the series, I feel that this is a mistake.
Have you seen it? If so, what's your opinion?