Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Wonderful Sidebar:

Thanks to my beloved sister's wonderful and incredibly timely gift, I ran out and purchased Serenity this evening. It may be the best money I've spent all year.

I positively adore this movie.

I know I promised a review months ago when I watched it in the theater, but I wanted to run through it again, just to make sure it wasn't a fluke. To make sure I really enjoyed the movie, not the atmosphere or the group I was with or whatever.

So, I waited until now.

This movie is an absolute jewel. It has action, adventure, gore, romance, science fiction, comedy...everything the body needs. Not only does this flick combine all these elements seamlessly and flawlessly, but it does so with a depth of heart and courage that proves the essential vitality of the human spirit.

You know the very instant the Captain goes from being the cantankerous leader of a motley flock of mercenaries to being an instrument of truth, a messenger, a true leader for a cause. You can see it in his eyes. You can hear it in his voice.

However, you also know the very instant the "bad guy" goes from being a pure instrument to being a true being. A being with will and emotion, with reason and free thought. A being who finds a question that stumbles him from his perfect and unswerving devotion to his path to a better world -- a world of which he admits he'll never be a part.

The two are perfectly set apart. They are perfect foils for each other.

And the crew and sundry other supporting characters are equally well-drawn, well-acted, and well-scripted. This is a perfect movie.

I adore it beyond all reason.

I love the way they talk. Their manner of speech is like a cross between back-country hick and Regency cant. It's proper...in a relaxed sort of way.

But even how they deliver their lines is both utterly convincing and strangely entrancing. I catch myself wanting them to talk more, just so I can hear them. I want to know how they'd say this particular phrase and wonder if they have a special jargon for that particular concept.

I catch myself wanting to write in that lexicon. It's just...fun. Like: "She is starting to damage my calm!" Heh. Love that line.

And then there's the story itself. It's just a damn good story with characters you immediately care about -- even if you don't fancy mercenaries as heroes -- and situations that bring out both their best and worst qualities...often at the same time. This is a journey in the truest sense -- a journey of mind, of spirit, of discovery, of retreat, of valor, of...of deliverance.

This is a hero's journey, and the entire cast goes along for the ride. And luckily enough...so do we.

Bon voyage, baby.


At 12:12 PM, Blogger Diana said...

Hiya Gutterball! I've been MIA from your blog but working 50 hours a week this past month have really cut into my available free time.

I just picked up my copy of Serenity today. Will get nice and comfy later this evening and watch it. I agree 100% with your review. I love this movie and I love the series and when I finally get a little extra money I'm buying that DVD collection too.

Hope you have a Merry, Merry Christmas!

At 10:45 PM, Blogger Tarnished Janus said...

Based on this review, I finally watched Serenity today. I have to say that you are absolutely right.

This movie rules.

I suppose I'll have to find the Firefly series, too, now. Thanks a lot, Gutterball. Your fannishness is costing me an arm and a leg!


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