I just have the urge to share that I'm making my friends and I shirts for the premiere, withe hearts that say "SERENITY" on the front, and the logo on the back. It took me freakin' 8 and a half hours to do two of them.
Josh is one of the best-known US political bloggers. He was somehow able to host a series of Serenity sneak previews for his fans. Here's his reaction:
the movie was a lot of fun -- even for this guy who'd only seen a few episodes of Buffy and never even heard of Firefly. Everybody I talked to after the screening loved it. Not high concept exactly, or maybe more of the concept would have been discernible if I'd seen the series, but fast-paced, electric and exhilerating. Sort of a mix of the Matrix, with Total Recall, various Harrison Ford movies, dystopic science fiction and the language and moral outlines of old-fashioned westerns. It ran about two hours but felt like about twenty minutes. -- Josh Marshall
At the time of this writing (5:20 pm Eastern), Serenity has a 77% approval rating overall, and 80% approval from the "cream of the crop" (reviewers like Roger Ebert). Check out Rotten Tomatoes' compilation here!
Edit - 6:29pm EST - 80% generally, and 89% from the cream of the crop! From the New York Times:
It probably isn't fair to Joss Whedon's "Serenity" to say that this unassuming science-fiction adventure is superior in almost every respect to George Lucas's aggressively more ambitious "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith." But who cares about fair when there is fun to be had? Scene for scene, "Serenity" is more engaging and certainly better written and acted than any of Mr. Lucas's recent screen entertainments. Mr. Whedon isn't aiming to conquer the pop-culture universe with a branded mythology; he just wants us to hitch a ride to a galaxy far, far away and have a good time. The journey is the message, not him.
AND it's been in the top 5 Most Requested, usually #1, every time I've checked Moviefone this week. :)
I was wondering if there are any German Browncoats out there? I feel a little lonely, and the BDM is gonna be in theaters tomorrow everywehere but here. As I attended the Firelfy Marathon in Munich, I was lucky to see it already, but I'm desperate to see it again on the big screen.
Despite two very long days dealing with work and personal obligations, I've finally had the chance to put together my thoughts on "Serenity" and my "Firefly" experience. I've designed the site in four main sections:
1) "Serenity: The Screening": My comments from the night of the screening
2) "Acheiving Serenity": A short recounting of my personal journey as a Browncoat, which is probably going to be a work in progress
3) "Serenity: A Non-Spoiler Review": An objective look at the film with no spoilers and thoughts on how the film will be received
4) "Serenity: The Browncoats Review": An in-depth analysis of the film, with tons of spoilers and commentary on the film in context with the series
The first three sections are complete, and the final section should be done within the next few days. I hope everyone gets a chance to see the movie this weekend or soon thereafter, and hopefully I'll see some of you in the theatre in the weeks to come!
Hotdog magazine (UK) has a fantastic Serenity review and interview. I've typed up the editorial (first thing you see when you open the magazine is Mal, Jayne and Zoe, woo!) and the review, but the interview is 5 pages long so you'll have to wait til I (or some other kind soul!) find a scanner :) There are a couple of other tidbits I may edit in later (Old vs New: Han Solo vs Captain Reynolds and Mal in the 'Space Fashion' feature!)
This happened last Saturday, and I just didn't have time to post until then. It was a lot of fun even though Joss couldn't make it at the last minute. The Q&A section was interesting, and they showed clips from the movie highlighting some of the special effects work. ( Collapse )