Serenity is literally the little film that could. Spawned from the cult sci-fi series Fire Fly, it was director Joss Wedon's will and fan support alone that got this movie in the air, and knowing what hinged on it's success, it went all out. And delivered!
The crew of much loved rogues return with a larger budget and the grandiose scope of an entire second season compressed into two hours of sci-fi masterclass.
Despite plot ends left hanging from the tv series, Serenity sets off at a rollicking pace and character's are soon re-established for those ingnorant of their former incarnation, and the major malefactor is surreptitiously introduced in a fantastically clinical Chiwetel Ejiofor.
The film however, belongs to the ever sly Nathan Fillion and his rag tag crew, who instill the sort of heart that could only come from a real love of the characters and the universe they inhabit.
Despite various threads left wanting, the mystery behind Summer Glau's nymph is finally unveiled in magnificent martial arts showcasing and a voyage to the heart of Darkness in Reaver territory yields possibly one of the best coups to ever grace celluloid!
Wedon's pulled out all the stops to impress non-fans while appeasing the faithful, and while there isn't time to flesh out what should have been a 2nd season, Serenity still manages to grip us from the opening reel and doesn't let up til the credits roll.
Serenity is perhaps the best sci-fi to come of the 21st century, with action, storyt-telling and effects that on it's budget shames it's flashier competitiors, and perhaps serves as a lesson to Lucas on just how it should have been done.