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This is a film club where we discuss movies that you can get at Blockbuster (or similar venue). Our first movie, which we plan to start discussing on Monday, will be Serenity.
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So did anybody watch Serenity and would like to discuss it?
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Yes, it was awesome!

This film club is easy. I don't even need to get a movie, I am already prepared.
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Yeah, I thought it was awesome too!

What about the rest of you Chit Chatters?
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I didn't watch it this weekend, but I can say that when I saw it it was indeed awesome!

I like this club. Not so snooty
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Well, that's 3 awesomes so far! Are there any dissenters?
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It was a movie in which the main protagonist straps the dead body of his friend to the nose of his spaceship. Me likey!
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I thought it was 'meh' myself, but that's with never having seen the TV series. That would probably improve my rating quite a bit.
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cold_fuzion wrote:
I thought it was 'meh' myself, but that's with never having seen the TV series. That would probably improve my rating quite a bit.


Are there any specific parts that made it 'meh' for you as aopposed to awesome?

I also did not see the TV series before I saw Serenity. I did see the series after and thought the series was pretty good but still 'meh' as I don't really like TV but that didn't affect my thinking that Serenity is awesome. So, if you'll forgive my probing....
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Don't like how we still know nothing about Shepard and the origin of the reavers wasn't as horrific as I would have liked...
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Don't like how we still know nothing about Shepard and the origin of the reavers wasn't as horrific as I would have liked...


Um, the whole point of the movie was about the origin of the Reavers. Were you looking for something else?
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I thought that it was good, but that it would have been so much better split over 3 or 4 seasons of the tv series. I would liken the experience to reading a 400 page book that does nothing but develop the characters for the first 380 pages and then rapidly wraps up the story in the last 20.
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cold_fuzion wrote:
I thought it was 'meh' myself, but that's with never having seen the TV series. That would probably improve my rating quite a bit.


Are there any specific parts that made it 'meh' for you as aopposed to awesome?

I also did not see the TV series before I saw Serenity. I did see the series after and thought the series was pretty good but still 'meh' as I don't really like TV but that didn't affect my thinking that Serenity is awesome. So, if you'll forgive my probing....
Just watch the hands mister.

I just watched the entire movie feeling like I was missing something from not seeing the series. To be honest that was more a product of my mind than a failing of the movie.
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Those were separate thoughts. I just thought that where they had the reavers coming from was a bit bland. I was looking for something more shocking. Its like I went hoping for bacon and only got jello.
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cold_fuzion wrote:
I just watched the entire movie feeling like I was missing something from not seeing the series. To be honest that was more a product of my mind than a failing of the movie.


Understood. I also had a nagging feeling in the bak of my mind that I might be missing something by not having seen the series. Then I saw the series and answered myself, "Nope!"
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KSensei wrote:
Its like I went hoping for bacon and only got jello.


And now we must either part ways or fight a duel.
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I thought it was pretty damn cool myself. I too wass bummed about the whole Shepard thing. I would have like d to go more into detail there. Also, the blue glove people should have come back. There was no additional info on them.

Is there a director's cut of this film out ther anywhere?

Oh yeah, and gratuitous nudity, not enough of it. Honestly, I prefer movies where not every body is all pretty and stuff. I mean, I like my fantasy to be as realistic as possible, and, you know, the real world is not full of pretty people, but if your gonna have all the main characters to be pretty people, they should be more nekid more of the time.

This whole pretty people thing is just one reason why I like shows like deadwood and the wire and 6 feet under more then firefly.....but I digress. Having said all that. I really enjoyed Serenity and was very entertained by it. I really though the last 10 seconds or so of the film before the credits began to roll was funny.
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cold_fuzion wrote:
I thought it was 'meh' myself, but that's with never having seen the TV series. That would probably improve my rating quite a bit.


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cold_fuzion wrote:
I thought it was 'meh' myself, but that's with never having seen the TV series.


Same here. I wanted to see what the hub bub was all about, so I rented it (this was a while ago, so I'm fuzzy on specifics). I thought it was good, but nothing special. Rather forgettable.

All I could think about when I saw the lead actor was, "Hey, it's that guy from that show. He was that girl's boyfriend." Couldn't think of any names or shows, but I know I recognized him.
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This is my kind of film club. I'm on board for this!

I thought the movie was very well done. An excellent way of bringing some closure for fans of a series that didn't really get a chance to begin with. I will expound with a slightly more details in my Firefly review thread.

Still, overall it was awesome!
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KSensei wrote:
Don't like how we still know nothing about Shepard and the origin of the reavers wasn't as horrific as I would have liked...


I don't know about that. For me, a big brother-type government thinking that it knows what is best for you, forcing it on you, and then fucking that up qualifies as horrific for me.
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cold_fuzion wrote:
I thought it was 'meh' myself, but that's with never having seen the TV series. That would probably improve my rating quite a bit.


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Assuming I counted correctly, we have 6 who thought it was awesome and 4 who thought it was 'meh'.

Hmm... maybe this calls for a poll:

Poll
Did you think Serenity was awesome?
Yes
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Poll created by quozl
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I had not yet seen the series when I saw the movie either, my impression was that it was still a good movie but that I would have gotten more out of it and been more emotionally affected had I known the characters better through the series. It was clear that they were hinting at subtext not fully explorable in the movie.

So, I thought it was better than "meh" but not fully appreciable w/o the series.

After watching the series, I appreciated it more but was sad that certain things were spoiled for me in the series. (Like watching it and knowing who was going to bite the big one later and knowing what reavers "were")
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Next time, can we cut out all the boring discussion and jump right to the "awesome or not" poll? I'm a busy man.
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