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The UnPopular Opinion: Serenity

Jan. 2, 2013by: Alex Maidy

THE UNPOPULAR OPINION is an ongoing column featuring different takes on films that either the writer HATED, but that the majority of film fans LOVED, or that the writer LOVED, but that most others LOATHED. We're hoping this column will promote constructive and geek fueled discussion. Enjoy!

**** SOME SPOILERS ENSUE****

I am going to start this column off by saying that I do not hate Joss Whedon.  I respect the man as a filmmaker and creative person but I just don't get the following the guy has built over the years.  I never was a huge fan of BUFFY or ANGEL despite trying to watch both to see what the fuss was all about.  I did enjoy DOLLHOUSE during the two season lifespan of that series which gave me my deepest understanding of Whedon's appeal.  But, much in the same way I felt THE AVENGERS was greatly overrated, I feel that the unabashed love of FIREFLY and SERENITY is way over the top.

There has not been a very succesful "space opera" outside of the STAR WARS franchise and FIREFLY looked to fill that void.  For many, the short-lived Fox series was the ultimate combination of elements that made George Lucas' films so much fun to watch.  I can freely admit that Whedon would definitely have my vote to helm a future STAR WARS movie now that Disney is reviving the series.  He definitely knows how to balance humor with action and if SERENITY has any saving grace, it would be that.

Why is everyone looking in different directions?  Worst Christmas card ever.

SERENITY came to theaters after Whedon was unable to convince another network to pick up FIREFLY after it was cancelled.  With only 14 episodes completed, FIREFLY did not exactly have a lot of plot to wrap up.  Having never watched the series during it's initial run, I decided to watch them in anticipation of seeing SERENITY when it hit DVD.  I was unimpressed by the show as it didn't strike me as anything unique or original.  Nathan Fillion, a very likeable character, was not much more than a stand-in for Han Solo.  The rest of the crew, including Adam Baldwin's Jayne Cobb and Alan Tudyk's Hoban, all felt like rehashes of cliche characters from the annals of science fiction.  Sure, both actors are very talented, and both went on to portray great characters in other series and movies.  Other cast members like Gina Torres, Morena Baccarin, and Summer Glau have found success in both science fiction and non-genre work, putting their talents to greater use that in FIREFLY or SERENITY.

Hey Fillion, if this scene was filmed in 2012 your extra neck fat would prevent this choke hold from working.

But, this column is not about nitpicking FIREFLY.  It is about the movie SERENITY.  Taken on it's own, a movie must be able to convey the elements of the television show without relying on previous episodes for support.  Basically, you cannot make SERENITY just for the loyal fans of a show that never finished a full season.  The movie has to work by itself, which SERENITY does not.  I am a die-hard fan of THE X-FILES and was first in line to see both movies.  The problem with THE X-FILES is that fans get something out of the movies that the casual viewer does not.  Which is why SERENITY plays more like an extended TV movie rather than a big budget motion picture.

The biggest benefit SERENITY had was the addition of actor Chiwetel Ejiofor as The Operative.  As a villain, Ejiofor is frightenng and cunning and the highlight of the movie.  Each of hisc scenes makes for the best acting in SERENITY and Nathan Fillion plays well against him.  But, when the movie is focused on the characters from the show alone, it just feels like an inside joke that no one will understand if they were not fans of FIREFLY.  When writing for television, you know you have an extended period to flesh out your backstories and character quirks.  Whedon and the cast, in recent years, have shed light on what would have happened if the show had been allowed to continue and what would have become of the crew of the SERENITY.  If the show had lasted for five seasons, maybe the movie would have felt more accomplished.  As it stands, it feels very flat.

One thing that I have never been able to get around on shows like BUFFY, ANGEL, and FIREFLY, was the special effects.  Operating on a TV budget, they looked cheesy which made it hard to lose yourself in the magic of the show.  But, there have been many TV shows that have done a lot with a little budget.  I still fondly watch episodes of THE ADVENTURES OF BRISCO COUNTY, JR. and wish it was still on the air.  That show mixed western and sci-fi on a low budget and did it well.  By the time Joss Whedon was able to get SERENITY made, you would have thought the effects would have jumped to theatrical caliber.  Instead, they still look cheap.

An outtake from SAW XI.

I wanted badly to like SERENITY but could not bring myself to get past the limitations of making a movie that was basically a finale to a television show that never got one.  While THE AVENGERS had much better special effects, it also suffered from the TV mentality that Joss Whedon is grounded in.  The man is a talent, no doubt about it, but he requires a long form medium to tell the stories he wants to tell.  I have high hopes for the SHIELD series when it airs on ABC, but that is where Whedon should remain.  When George Lucas wrote the prequels trilogy, fans everywhere hoped that he would conceive the stories and leave the screenplays to someone else.  I hope Whedon grabs some co-writers in the future to both edit and enhance his original draft.  SERENITY certainly would have benefited from a second draft.

In the end, SERENITY is not an awful movie, but it is nowhere near great.  It is a decent movie based on an okay television series that certainly ended before it should have.  But, if we are going to make early cancellation the basis for a show deserving the big screen treatment, then I am still waiting for my movie version of SPACE: ABOVE AND BEYOND.

Oh, and if you have any suggestions for The UnPopular Opinion I’m always happy to hear them. You can send along an email to alexmaidy@joblo.com, spell it out below, slap it up on my wall in Movie Fan Central, or send me a private message via Movie Fan Central. Provide me with as many movie suggestions as you like, with any reasoning you'd care to share, and if I agree then you may one day see it featured in this very column!

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4:00PM on 01/03/2013
A trolls only power is derived from getting people's panties all up in a wad, and for them to respond upset. Hook, line, and sinker. You were baited and you bit
A trolls only power is derived from getting people's panties all up in a wad, and for them to respond upset. Hook, line, and sinker. You were baited and you bit
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12:52PM on 01/03/2013
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11:34AM on 01/03/2013
OMG, what have you done? You have angered the fanboys! (runs & hides) fuck this I am out.
OMG, what have you done? You have angered the fanboys! (runs & hides) fuck this I am out.
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2:27AM on 01/03/2013

You go to hell...

you go to hell and you die!
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you go to hell and you die!
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12:24AM on 01/03/2013
Calling Nathan Fillion fat is unnecessary.
Calling Nathan Fillion fat is unnecessary.
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8:40PM on 01/02/2013
I think all of Whedon's projects are great, Firefly universe being my fav due to the western meets scifi aspect and would sell my soul if he could pick up Firefly now that he's seen as a "money maker".
I think all of Whedon's projects are great, Firefly universe being my fav due to the western meets scifi aspect and would sell my soul if he could pick up Firefly now that he's seen as a "money maker".
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2:53PM on 01/02/2013
Serenity is some of the best sci-fi ever. I like it better than the Star Wars flicks, minus Empire. Awesome story, quality action, and epic space battles that would put Star Trek to shame. I also didnt know it was based off a tv show when I went and saw it and didnt feel I missed a thing.
Serenity is some of the best sci-fi ever. I like it better than the Star Wars flicks, minus Empire. Awesome story, quality action, and epic space battles that would put Star Trek to shame. I also didnt know it was based off a tv show when I went and saw it and didnt feel I missed a thing.
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2:51PM on 01/02/2013
I can appreciate the inflammatory statements in this article knowing that they would send fanboys into a tizzy. Looks like people wouldn't have had a problem with the criticism of Serenity, but they take issue with the few subtle and not so subtle jabs at Whedon, and His Holiness, Nathan Fallon. Guess that makes you a troll though, for deliberately trying to get under people's skin. At least it this unpopular opinion was provocative, and made for some fun replies to read.
I can appreciate the inflammatory statements in this article knowing that they would send fanboys into a tizzy. Looks like people wouldn't have had a problem with the criticism of Serenity, but they take issue with the few subtle and not so subtle jabs at Whedon, and His Holiness, Nathan Fallon. Guess that makes you a troll though, for deliberately trying to get under people's skin. At least it this unpopular opinion was provocative, and made for some fun replies to read.
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1:44PM on 01/02/2013
Alex Maidy, the troll of the Joblo crew. He thinks he's a writer, lol, how cute. I love how he has to start off by saying he's not a Whedon hater, when we all know how much he bashed Whedon and The Avengers. I would have no issues at all with this article if there were any valid intelligent points made. Of course, there are none. Hey, what do you expect from a guy who bashed Avngers because his 5 year old didn't like it. This shouldn't be the type of journalism for such a well liked and
Alex Maidy, the troll of the Joblo crew. He thinks he's a writer, lol, how cute. I love how he has to start off by saying he's not a Whedon hater, when we all know how much he bashed Whedon and The Avengers. I would have no issues at all with this article if there were any valid intelligent points made. Of course, there are none. Hey, what do you expect from a guy who bashed Avngers because his 5 year old didn't like it. This shouldn't be the type of journalism for such a well liked and respected site. It's no use folks, Joblo has had many people complaints on Maidy's ineptitude. Nothing will be done, yet again.
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2:56PM on 01/02/2013
Dude! Not cool to bash the writer, bash his opinion don't personally attack the guy. Besides its one of the few rules this site has. Joblo should ban your ass for this pointless post.
Dude! Not cool to bash the writer, bash his opinion don't personally attack the guy. Besides its one of the few rules this site has. Joblo should ban your ass for this pointless post.
1:42PM on 01/02/2013

Unpopular Opinion is deceiving

They should call these, The Unpopular Opinion & Foaming-at-the-Mouth Fanboys that Think They're Being Objective with their Unabashedly Rude Comments, Leaving a Clear Divide Between Paid Writer and Actual Trolls That Refuse to Think Nathan Fillion is No Less than the True God, Now and Forever. Amen
They should call these, The Unpopular Opinion & Foaming-at-the-Mouth Fanboys that Think They're Being Objective with their Unabashedly Rude Comments, Leaving a Clear Divide Between Paid Writer and Actual Trolls That Refuse to Think Nathan Fillion is No Less than the True God, Now and Forever. Amen
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1:32PM on 01/02/2013

No Thanks

Whedon is a creative genius in nearly everything he does. His choices and plans are fantastic and his writing/directing ascends fantastic. He weaves comedy and drama together in ways that few people can, making his characters much more believable and relatable (something that works wonders for his shows). I understand that some people just don't like or "get" his work, and that's fine. But you've gone beyond that to blind insults at a whole fandom just for the sake of trolling (which I'm now
Whedon is a creative genius in nearly everything he does. His choices and plans are fantastic and his writing/directing ascends fantastic. He weaves comedy and drama together in ways that few people can, making his characters much more believable and relatable (something that works wonders for his shows). I understand that some people just don't like or "get" his work, and that's fine. But you've gone beyond that to blind insults at a whole fandom just for the sake of trolling (which I'm now 90% sure is how you pick your Unpopular Opinion articles).
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12:26PM on 01/02/2013
Also... I loved Serenity and saw it FIRST. And it was like three days later that I discovered it was based on a tv series.
Also... I loved Serenity and saw it FIRST. And it was like three days later that I discovered it was based on a tv series.
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12:11PM on 01/02/2013

Funnily Enough

My fiance has never seen the show 'Firefly' (even now, after this experiment) but I had her watch 'Serenity' to see if the movie held up at all on it's own. She actually really liked it, but did have some issues with the movie. As such, I think it does hold up as a movie by itself.
My fiance has never seen the show 'Firefly' (even now, after this experiment) but I had her watch 'Serenity' to see if the movie held up at all on it's own. She actually really liked it, but did have some issues with the movie. As such, I think it does hold up as a movie by itself.
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12:01PM on 01/02/2013
Joblo hired a troll with Alex. The Unpopular Opinion is the perfect article for a troll to write, but you guys can have someone write the same thing and present valid points for liking or disliking a movie. I'm disappointed Joblo.
Joblo hired a troll with Alex. The Unpopular Opinion is the perfect article for a troll to write, but you guys can have someone write the same thing and present valid points for liking or disliking a movie. I'm disappointed Joblo.
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11:50AM on 01/02/2013
I remember seeing trailers and talk about this movie never really knowing about the history of the show or "Browncoats". It wasn't until after I saw this I was interested in the show. While it may not be perfect (neither is Star Wars, which I love but mom could sit through 1 movie but could watch all Lord of the Rings and Hobbit in one sitting) it had something the old Star Wars had and that's "spunk." That think that could make a not so good movie great. The cast had chemistry, history and
I remember seeing trailers and talk about this movie never really knowing about the history of the show or "Browncoats". It wasn't until after I saw this I was interested in the show. While it may not be perfect (neither is Star Wars, which I love but mom could sit through 1 movie but could watch all Lord of the Rings and Hobbit in one sitting) it had something the old Star Wars had and that's "spunk." That think that could make a not so good movie great. The cast had chemistry, history and when it plays out its really fun even though they playing like they're all at wits end with each other for most of the movie. The movie is only improved by the addition of Ejiofor, who prior to this I never heard of him but he definitely left an impression. The movie's not perfect but it gets the job done of completing an arc from an awesome but canceled tv show, introduces the characters to a whole new world and brings a sense of closure. So, I have to thoroughly disagree with your assessment.
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11:26AM on 01/02/2013

Insults

I stopped reading when he insulted Fillions neck.
I stopped reading when he insulted Fillions neck.
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11:08AM on 01/02/2013

wah-wahhh

You know why I disagree with this column? Because I saw serenity BEFORE I knew it was a dead show...and I loved it. Which of course defies the assertion you can't love the movie without seeing the show. Instead my future experience watching the show (a year and a half later) merely enhanced and enriched my understanding. Whedon did a great job making a movie to entertain the uninitiated.
You know why I disagree with this column? Because I saw serenity BEFORE I knew it was a dead show...and I loved it. Which of course defies the assertion you can't love the movie without seeing the show. Instead my future experience watching the show (a year and a half later) merely enhanced and enriched my understanding. Whedon did a great job making a movie to entertain the uninitiated.
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10:43AM on 01/02/2013
I agree that Chiwetel Ejiofor is the best thing about this movie for sure. But, while I don't think it's as good as Firefly was, I still love Serenity. I'm not much of a Whedon fanboy--I never watched Buffy, Angel, or Dollhouse, despite them sounding pretty cool to me--but I do love Firefly.
I agree that Chiwetel Ejiofor is the best thing about this movie for sure. But, while I don't think it's as good as Firefly was, I still love Serenity. I'm not much of a Whedon fanboy--I never watched Buffy, Angel, or Dollhouse, despite them sounding pretty cool to me--but I do love Firefly.
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10:27AM on 01/02/2013
I liked Serenity. However, whenever someone tells me they didn't like it, I'm never shocked. It has many flaws, but I choose to over look them because I love sci fi and it's so cool to see Summer Glau kick everyone's ass with her ballerina karate.
I liked Serenity. However, whenever someone tells me they didn't like it, I'm never shocked. It has many flaws, but I choose to over look them because I love sci fi and it's so cool to see Summer Glau kick everyone's ass with her ballerina karate.
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10:17AM on 01/02/2013

Serenity was never meant to be a stand alone movie for a casual audience...

its full purpose was to conclude the series plot and wrap it up for the fans so your complaint there is not valid. With that said I saw the movie with no prior knowledge of the series and dug it, making me go back and watch Firefly. It just seems like your not digging Whedon, which is fine, he's a specific flavor but then don't act surprised when his stuff doesn't do it for you. Last thing, Serenity's sfx don't look cheap, sure they're not up to our standard today but for 2005 they do the trick
its full purpose was to conclude the series plot and wrap it up for the fans so your complaint there is not valid. With that said I saw the movie with no prior knowledge of the series and dug it, making me go back and watch Firefly. It just seems like your not digging Whedon, which is fine, he's a specific flavor but then don't act surprised when his stuff doesn't do it for you. Last thing, Serenity's sfx don't look cheap, sure they're not up to our standard today but for 2005 they do the trick and were a big step up from the tv show.
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10:08AM on 01/02/2013

Probably worst Unpopular Opinion to date

There are so many high budget bloated SciFi movies that lack story, tension, acting ability, continuity and heart that when one does come along with all of those things and filmed on a modest budget, it should be applauded. I bought the Firefly series on DVD because I loved the movie. I just wish there were more films like Serenity and less CGIfests like Battleship.
There are so many high budget bloated SciFi movies that lack story, tension, acting ability, continuity and heart that when one does come along with all of those things and filmed on a modest budget, it should be applauded. I bought the Firefly series on DVD because I loved the movie. I just wish there were more films like Serenity and less CGIfests like Battleship.
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10:03AM on 01/02/2013
In my country, we say "opinions can't be discussed. But they can be educated". The writer needs that.
In my country, we say "opinions can't be discussed. But they can be educated". The writer needs that.
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8:08AM on 01/02/2013
Love the series and film so don't agree with the majority of this. When I first saw the Serenity trailer it immediately fell on my list of films to watch. Shortly after I discovered Firefly and managed to watch a few episodes before the film, but I still got a good grounding on the story and characters ahead of seeing the movie - my wife on the other hand didn't see any of the Firefly episodes. We both came out of the cinema having enjoyed it, so I don't think the show has to be seen to
Love the series and film so don't agree with the majority of this. When I first saw the Serenity trailer it immediately fell on my list of films to watch. Shortly after I discovered Firefly and managed to watch a few episodes before the film, but I still got a good grounding on the story and characters ahead of seeing the movie - my wife on the other hand didn't see any of the Firefly episodes. We both came out of the cinema having enjoyed it, so I don't think the show has to be seen to enjoy the film.

As for the special effects looking cheap, did you see that space battle? I loved that scene and thought it was stunning. The effects throughout the movie I thought were decent with some being better than others but I certainly wouldn't grade the movie down for the cgi overall.

Lastly, the neck jab was a bit shallow and pretty much wrote the article off for me. I agree with the majority of the previous comments that this article comes across more as trolling than an opinion.
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7:56AM on 01/02/2013

I had never seen a single episode of FIREFLY nor knew anything about the story...

And I was able to follow the story and characters perfectly in the movie. Brilliant writing, intense action scenes and very likeable characters. Absolutely love the movie and now a big fan of FIREFLY as well.
And I was able to follow the story and characters perfectly in the movie. Brilliant writing, intense action scenes and very likeable characters. Absolutely love the movie and now a big fan of FIREFLY as well.
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7:31AM on 01/02/2013

I guess I know who's future reviews to ignore.

While I would have much rather seen Firefly continue on the small screen, Serenity was a great movie. Much better than most of the crap that came out that year. I was not a fan of Buffy or Angel either, but Firefly is one of my favorite shows of all time. I only hope that Whedon's newfound credit in Hollywood can get us another adventure of our big damn heroes.
While I would have much rather seen Firefly continue on the small screen, Serenity was a great movie. Much better than most of the crap that came out that year. I was not a fan of Buffy or Angel either, but Firefly is one of my favorite shows of all time. I only hope that Whedon's newfound credit in Hollywood can get us another adventure of our big damn heroes.
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7:28AM on 01/02/2013

Disagree Strongly

I saw the movie in theaters without having ever seen an episode of Firefly. I just thought the trailer looked pretty good and it was a rainy Saturday afternoon. I really enjoyed the movie. I enjoyed it enough for it to convince me to then go back and watch the series, which I adored. I generally dislike when people try to make claims about something being "overrated." If you enjoyed it, great. If you don't, fine too. No need to make claims that something is overrated just because YOU
I saw the movie in theaters without having ever seen an episode of Firefly. I just thought the trailer looked pretty good and it was a rainy Saturday afternoon. I really enjoyed the movie. I enjoyed it enough for it to convince me to then go back and watch the series, which I adored. I generally dislike when people try to make claims about something being "overrated." If you enjoyed it, great. If you don't, fine too. No need to make claims that something is overrated just because YOU didn't care for it. I found it to be a ton of fun, and much closer to Roddenberry's 'wagon train to the stars' then Star Trek had become. I love Sci-Fi; I love westerns. Put them together and I'm happy. It isn't overrated. You just personally didn't care for it. Leave it at that.
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6:24AM on 01/02/2013
You can't stand Buffy because of the effects? You can't get along with a show that has a mentality of a cheesy horror/sci-fi B-movie because it has cheesy horror/sci-fi b-movie effects? Buffy (and by extent Angel) has some of the best evolving character development ever made in TV (Wesley anyone) and you're missing out on that because the werewolves look like guys in costumes (like werewolf movies of old).

Also Whedon brought together the plot strands of four different movie series into a
You can't stand Buffy because of the effects? You can't get along with a show that has a mentality of a cheesy horror/sci-fi B-movie because it has cheesy horror/sci-fi b-movie effects? Buffy (and by extent Angel) has some of the best evolving character development ever made in TV (Wesley anyone) and you're missing out on that because the werewolves look like guys in costumes (like werewolf movies of old).

Also Whedon brought together the plot strands of four different movie series into a fully functional separate stand-alone entity in The Avengers and you think he still has a TV mentality? That one movie had so much more that it had to do to be successful than most movies (bring 4 continuities together, juggle a massive cast and give them all a decent amount of time in 2 hours, adapt an existing material to please fans and new-comers alike) and yet you don't think that Whedon is a decent enough film-maker, after achieving all of this ON TOP of making an incredibly entertaining and critically lauded movie?

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4:43AM on 01/02/2013
To quote a green friend: "No. Try not. Do... or do not. There is no try." Either you do get Whedons work or you do not. Sitting on the coach, watching Buffy or Serenity and start nitpicking about everything from the stories to the effects wont do you any good.
To quote a green friend: "No. Try not. Do... or do not. There is no try." Either you do get Whedons work or you do not. Sitting on the coach, watching Buffy or Serenity and start nitpicking about everything from the stories to the effects wont do you any good.
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4:26AM on 01/02/2013

You contradicted yourself in your article.

You originally said, "Whedon would definitely have my vote to helm a future STAR WARS movie.", but later you said, " I have high hopes for the SHIELD series when it airs on ABC, but that is where Whedon should remain.".....So you said Whedon would be great for Star Wars, but then later you said that he should stick to TV.....Am I just reading that wrong?
You originally said, "Whedon would definitely have my vote to helm a future STAR WARS movie.", but later you said, " I have high hopes for the SHIELD series when it airs on ABC, but that is where Whedon should remain.".....So you said Whedon would be great for Star Wars, but then later you said that he should stick to TV.....Am I just reading that wrong?
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2:44AM on 01/02/2013
"The Avengers" overrated!?!?!? Yes! Thank you! It's a good / decent film, and that's pretty much it. "Serenity" is a good movie too, and that's pretty much it. Weldon is talented and did a good job with "The Avengers", but I didn't go ape shit for the film like some people did. His best film is "Dr. Horrible". Would love a sequel to "The Avengers" and "Dr. Horrible", and or whatever Weldon's next film is. I love how some people get fired up when someone gives a less than great review for "The
"The Avengers" overrated!?!?!? Yes! Thank you! It's a good / decent film, and that's pretty much it. "Serenity" is a good movie too, and that's pretty much it. Weldon is talented and did a good job with "The Avengers", but I didn't go ape shit for the film like some people did. His best film is "Dr. Horrible". Would love a sequel to "The Avengers" and "Dr. Horrible", and or whatever Weldon's next film is. I love how some people get fired up when someone gives a less than great review for "The Avengers".
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1:42AM on 01/02/2013
I disagree, not just on Serenity, but on Whedon. The one thing that the man is greatly talented in is handling and writing for an ensemble cast. It's not for everyone, I have a few friends who also don't like Whedon much, but the reason he succeeds so well is because he crafts fantastic characters. This is what made The Avengers work so very well. Whedon was able to balance such a large cast and give them each enough time not only to grow on their own but with each other. I remember enjoying
I disagree, not just on Serenity, but on Whedon. The one thing that the man is greatly talented in is handling and writing for an ensemble cast. It's not for everyone, I have a few friends who also don't like Whedon much, but the reason he succeeds so well is because he crafts fantastic characters. This is what made The Avengers work so very well. Whedon was able to balance such a large cast and give them each enough time not only to grow on their own but with each other. I remember enjoying Serenity and Firefly. I've never been a die hard fan of Whedon, as I never followed his tv shows much. In fact, I've been far more interested in his film work. I actually look forward to seeing Whedon continue making films as I think he's proven himself talented at doing well with features.
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1:38AM on 01/02/2013

All due respect...

It seems less like you're reviewing the film, and more like you're hating for the sake of it. I mean the Nathan Fillion crack was unnecessary. It's sorta seeming like anyone who writes these articles have a terrible taste in movies.
It seems less like you're reviewing the film, and more like you're hating for the sake of it. I mean the Nathan Fillion crack was unnecessary. It's sorta seeming like anyone who writes these articles have a terrible taste in movies.
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1:28AM on 01/02/2013
Definitely the most unpopular opinion I've seen in a while. Whedon's a very talented, but I share many of your sentiments about his past work. My biggest problem with Serenity was taking the beautiful Summer Glau and giving her greasy hair for the entire movie.
Definitely the most unpopular opinion I've seen in a while. Whedon's a very talented, but I share many of your sentiments about his past work. My biggest problem with Serenity was taking the beautiful Summer Glau and giving her greasy hair for the entire movie.
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1:01AM on 01/02/2013
I think the movie Serenity played very well by itself and as someone that didn't like the show I disagree with this article 100%
I loved the movie and saw it without even knowing the show existed (my buddy dragged me along) . I watched the show pretty recently thanks to amazon prime and unemployment and I didn't think too much of it. Nathan Fillion was pretty cool and Wash (the pilot who is a leaf in the wind) was entertaining but I can see why people didn't watch it and why it got cancelled.
I think the movie Serenity played very well by itself and as someone that didn't like the show I disagree with this article 100%
I loved the movie and saw it without even knowing the show existed (my buddy dragged me along) . I watched the show pretty recently thanks to amazon prime and unemployment and I didn't think too much of it. Nathan Fillion was pretty cool and Wash (the pilot who is a leaf in the wind) was entertaining but I can see why people didn't watch it and why it got cancelled. The movie was a cool way of sending it off. The acting was better and the characters seem way more solid than they ever did in the show.
I thought the directing was very good. Not Spielberg-esque obviously but no need to bash the man.
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12:59AM on 01/02/2013
Love this movie
Love this movie
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12:51AM on 01/02/2013

Fair enough.

Sometimes, things don't work for people. It just happens.

I have to admit, I saw Serenity before I saw the Firefly series and I personally didn't understand the appeal. I forgot about it until someone gave me Firefly to watch and instantly changed my mind. While some of the characters may be cliches by themselves, together they form one of the best motley crews ever and you can't help but love them as a collective functioning group of people. What sold me on Firefly especially was the
Sometimes, things don't work for people. It just happens.

I have to admit, I saw Serenity before I saw the Firefly series and I personally didn't understand the appeal. I forgot about it until someone gave me Firefly to watch and instantly changed my mind. While some of the characters may be cliches by themselves, together they form one of the best motley crews ever and you can't help but love them as a collective functioning group of people. What sold me on Firefly especially was the dynamics between the characters.

In general, I'm not a fan of these articles because, as the poster below me pointed out, it is kind of trolling. But I suppose it offers members of the minority groups who dislike specific popular films a chance to share their side. It's sometimes needed as the Fanboy community is a vast one, and more are inclined to love rather than hate, so being that one person who didn't think something was awesome is tough.
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12:41AM on 01/02/2013

What a Troll

That's all this article ever is, I don't even know why I read it. I respect people who have different tastes. I can understand someone not being a fan of Avengers and I didn't care much for Buffy but this is just trying to get a rise out of the passionate fans they know come to this site. I skipped the last couple of these unpopular opinion articles, I remember why.
That's all this article ever is, I don't even know why I read it. I respect people who have different tastes. I can understand someone not being a fan of Avengers and I didn't care much for Buffy but this is just trying to get a rise out of the passionate fans they know come to this site. I skipped the last couple of these unpopular opinion articles, I remember why.
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12:41AM on 01/02/2013
I have tried over and over to see what is the big deal about Firefly and Serenety and I just can't wrap my head around it. I go in every time with an open mind and the result is always the same which is bored.
I have tried over and over to see what is the big deal about Firefly and Serenety and I just can't wrap my head around it. I go in every time with an open mind and the result is always the same which is bored.
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12:39AM on 01/02/2013

Dude, you do NOW hate him or do NOT hate him???

It's probably just a typo, but a BIG typo.
It's probably just a typo, but a BIG typo.
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12:23AM on 01/02/2013

I never saw Firefly...

And I thought Serenity was totally complete. No trouble following it at all.
And I thought Serenity was totally complete. No trouble following it at all.
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