Last night I had the honor of seeing a prescreening of Serenity, the movie based on Joss Whedon's series, Firefly. True to his nature, Whedon delivers a story with high action, unexpected turns and great subtext. The characters are completely true to the original series and pretty much pick up where it left off. The effects were handled well and kept that wonderful mix of Sci-Fi meets western. Whedon gives you just enough info in the beginning that, if you're new to the Serenity gang, you won't have trouble catching up. Great use of backstory—cleverly placed—not the no-no variety us authors get nailed for doing.
As a die-hard fan of Firefly, I came away pleased, and judging by the audience's reaction, they did, too. Lots of cheers and laughter mixed with seat-gripping suspense. The humor is classic Whedon and if you've watched Firefly, you know what I mean.
What I really love about his shows though, is his subtext. I saw this in the Buffy, the Vampire Slayer series as well. One scene stands out above the rest where Mal asks Zoe a question about the ship, but he's not really asking about the ship. That was classic. I won't share anymore—don't want to ruin the scene.
Great movie. I'm happy to say I wasn't disappointed with Whedon's newest addition or the cast performances. Very well done, very well acted, and very well written.
Hope you get a chance to check out this highly entertaining film.