The missus and I caught Serenity at the cinema last night, and it is a most excellent film. All round, witty, action packed, scary, adventurous, hilarious film.
And it's also a very interesting event.
You see, a long time ago there was a show called Firefly created by Joss Whedon of Buffy fame. Sadly the show got cancelled part way through it's first season for various reasons. But the show was very good - it took an episode or two for it to grow on myself- my wife took to it immediately - but the end result was the same - we were very quickly hooked.
So after the show gets cancelled, the "fan community" works and works to get the show returned - and after a few years of campaigning, cajoling, harassing, blackmailing-- they have succeeded, sort of - in the form of Serenity. Serenity continues where Firefly left off. But as Roger Ebert points out - the film is really good even if you haven't seen any Firefly episodes.
So now here I am peddling the film to my friends. Serenity has some very interesting marketing going on - and here's the challenge it's put out there - Watch the first 9 minutes of the film. It's free, and it's online. If you like it - go see it! I think you'll be glad you did. If you don't have 9 minutes, you can see the trailer on the website - it gives a more rounded idea of what the film is actually about.