I wasn't planning to write a review, but after reading all the gushing
comments by others, I feel an obligation to do so. I've never heard of
Firefly and walked in having no idea what to expect--except that the
movie had gotten so much hype. I was severely disappointed. It's not
the worst movie ever made--or even the worst sci fi movie, but the
movie is weak in just about every way that counts. There is nothing new
about the plot or the action--small band of rebels fighting evil
empire. Where have we heard that one before? The largely unknown (to
me) actors were just not very good or very subtle; the roles they
played were cardboard cutouts; the action meandered over an
interminable 119 minutes, though it seemed much longer. (And yes, I had
was able to get a soda refill AND a bathroom break--without losing much
continuity.) The special effects were pretty good, especially in the
beginning, but if I see another movie where fleets of spaceships slam
into each other while battling in close quarters, I'll surely scream.
And then there were the really cheesy and wholly inexplicable items,
such as, why does one of the characters traipse around in a spaceship
wearing a new evening dress in almost every scene (and how did she
manage to get all those dresses on board anyway)? And, why does the
captain speak lines that sound like they come from a combination of GI
Joe and Max Headroom?
But the worst part is the really poor payoff, after having to endure what is essentially a soap opera for almost two hours. The big secret they're chasing down--the big, BIG truth that will bring down the government, turns out to be sort of silly. Would anybody really care 15 years later? I sort of doubt it.
Anyway, I can't say I hated the movie--at least I didn't fall asleep. But don't be fooled by the hype. This is an utterly forgettable movie, and you can easily wait to catch it on a long flight or on DVD. Or miss it altogether.
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