23 June 2014

Film of The Day #1: Serenity

HI!

I am a very excited person right now! Today is the start of a new feature on my blog in an attempt to actually make me keep some sort of routine. HOW EXCITING! So, every day (circumstances all being well), I will be watching a film and posting a mini-review. It's going to be AWESOME. Without further rambling, let's get into it!

Today's film is an old (not that old) favourite of mine. I had a stressy day at work dealing with lots of requests that I had no idea how to answer, so when I came home all I wanted to do was 1) sleep and 2) sleep. Yet I persevered! So dedicated. I didn't want to watch anything heavy hitting and I wanted to watch something I knew I liked so I picked Serenity, because you can't go wrong with Nathan Fillion. Or Joss Whedon. 


Film of The Day!
It's a highly underrated treasure, based on the also highly underrated and sadly cancelled television show, Firefly. It was great. Written and directed by Joss Whedon it has all of his signature flairs; snappy writing, interesting characters and quirky hilarity coming out the ying yang (I'm sorry, I'll never say that again). Following the overpopulation on Earth, society is moved into space and many planets and moons are colonised by the Alliance, the new government. This move causes problems with the less powerful planets and leads to a war between the Alliance and the Colonies, and the Alliance victory leaves those in the Colonies without a place in society. The film follows a crew captained by Mal (the always awesome Nathan Fillion) who fought for the colonies and is left disheartened by the loss of the war and his friends. They make their living through petty theft, but on the arrival of the mysterious River (Summer Glau) and her brother Simon (Sean Maher) things quickly become more complicated. They have to defend themselves against the Alliance and the relentless Operative (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and the terrifying Reavers, cannibal scavengers who destroy anything that moves.

The long and short of it is, this is a cracking film. The action is fast-paced and engrossing, there's tension, there are twists, turns, reveals and betrayals. The writing is as quick as the action and the story zips along and before you know it, BAM, you're in love with Mal! Whilst it might have more of an emotional impact if you've seen the show, I don't think it'll make that much of a difference. Joss Whedon (the man who brought us the legendary Buffy the Vampire Slayer) has such a knack for dialogue that you'll feel like you know the characters already.

So there we go! First Film of The Day done! I hope you enjoyed this, and if you've seen the film, let me know your thoughts! Do you agree, disagree? And more importantly, do you have any suggestions for me!? And don't forget, if you want to keep up with when I update my blog, you can follow by email, like me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter and Instagram, all my links are on the side. Social media everywhere!

Hope you're all well, talk to you tomorrow! YAY FOR ROUTINE!

Becca.

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