Serenity (US, 2005)

Joss Whedon’s first movie; bombed at the box office but has a high appreciation rating on imdb. Typically modern (too?) fast narrative that often obscures interesting ideas. It’s harder to develop character relationships in a feature, than on TV, and with a crew of eight Whedon set himself too hard a task. Still worth a watch. River’s fighting skills are awesome but the frenetic editing does more to conceal than reveal; compare to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon where Jen Yu beats up a load of guys in a bar. (DVD)

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