[URL]http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt0379786/[/URL] for the initiative impaired.
> Ah, now that's interesting! Maybe it does have a broader appeal! As
> for the series, its a little more expensive right now because of the
> extra popularity the movie lends it, but not long ago (and probably
> not far into the future I'd guess) it was (might be) only about
> £16 which is well worth a look!
CDWow used to have it for £17, but alas, it's disappeared from there. Play have it for £23 on a special offer, though.
Spend money unnecessarily? I'm a student you know... :-)
Infact I'll probably track it down having seen the film.
I was shocked to learn that he co-wrote Toy Story though, as I thought the dialogue in that was excellent.
Having said that, the reviews I've read in magazines and on the internet, as well as tv reviews, have consistently given Serenity good reviews with special mention given to strong characters and good dialogue. I'm not trying to reverse your opinion, but it seems that plenty of "first time Firefly viewers" have given it high praise as well as all the previously existing Firefly base who almost exclusively gave it high ratings.
I noticed on that IMDb thingy that (in the rating votes) that most gave it 10 or 9, then very few gave it 2-8, but then a reasonable number gave it 1/10. The list is here:
It appeared from this that perhaps its generally very popular and exactly what many people wanted to see, but then there is a relatively large group with views similar to yours [Meka Dragon] who just really didn't get on with the movie.
I think it's the quirkiness of the dialogue I really don't like, but the same think puts me off most of Whedon's work.
I watched Alien the other night, and you can look at them from a similar starting point - characters we don't know isolated on a space ship. Those in Alien seemed more real, where Whedon's crew seemed to me like stock characters. The way John Hurt comes across - volunteering to explore outise the ship, and the captain Dallas replies "of course" or similar, instantly we know a great deal about the character - without him having to go OTT, with no exposition whatsoever. In Serenity the characters are introduced through dialogue in a style I don't like, so they never really have a chance of getting through and affecting me.