3 1/2 out of 5 stars. Not as warm as Firefly was but Serenity has everything Firefly had, it just changed wardrobes a bit. If Firefly was high school, Serenity is college in another state. Its nice to get the closure the show never got the chance to offer, not to mention the possibility of something else in the future.
The film that Star Wars should have been. This has everything the original trilogy had that Lucas forgot about. I used to hate Whedon (for Titan A.E. and Alien Resurrection) but he completely turned me around and I consider myself a Browncoat. This is space opera at its best!
Never really bought into the rabid fandom of "Firefly" or Whedon. How quickly people forget its stronger, smarter, bolder progenitors like "Farscape". There's little here other than some closure on storylines, which really didn't merit the wait anyway.
Not that it spoiled the series. It is coeherent in style, atmosphere and themes. But if you are going to make a movie, you do have to make it a little more than a long episode. Specially if there are some expectations. Why bother?
I disagree that if you like Firefly you would like this. Personally I found it took the unique elements of the series, tossed them and made a generic, loud, bland scifi film. The series was headed in interesting directions. This killed it all for me.
A generic, action packed finale. Not terribly well executed in my opinion either.
It takes awhile to set things up before the story really gets rolling. Those meeting the crew and entering this world for the first time are probably going to flounder a bit. Those already enamored will wish the story had gotten the television season treatment it needed; but will be delighted and horrified at developments in the movie.
There's a richness of concepts ... http://letterboxd.com/mharbour/film/serenity/
it's more of an episode rather than a film. And though it maybe was not the best, (more of plot, not character, driven) but it was the finale the Firefly needed to make the series a true legend, not another 'Universe' for studio to cash out from merchandises and endless non-canon spin offs.