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Firefly - "Serenity" Movie - Timesonline.co.uk Review

Sunday 19 February 2006, by Webmaster

Review by ED POTTON
Director: Joss Whedon, 15, 2005
Stars: Nathan Fillion, Summer Glau, Chiwetel Ejiofor
Out to buy and rent on DVD

Movie : 4 out of 5 stars

Whedon’s poignant, cheeky space western was adapted from Firefly, a cancelled television series that - as its garrulous creator notes in the DVD extras - “hardly anyone saw”.

Whedon’s attempts to resuscitate his baby reached desperation point - he remembers commenting to a colleague: “At what point does this stop being CPR and start becoming necrophilia?” But, on the back of prodigious DVD sales, Firefly was reborn as Serenity, a film that combined the tropes of Star Wars, Star Trek and Alien with the witty, humanistic dialogue of Whedon’s own Buffy and Angel. Let this be a lesson to you, George Lucas: in science- fiction cinema, it is quite possible for the writing to be as lively as the visuals.

DVD extras : 4 out of 5 stars

Commentary by Whedon, four documentaries, deleted scenes, outtakes