More than any other “Hit Me” entry I’ve done, I feel like this one in particular depends on the presence of a preamble. For example, it seems essential for me to confess that my only relationship with Whedon, thus far, is the Buffy series (and that one episode of Glee). I think I’ve already confessed how over a three day weekend I watched the entire final season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and worked my way backwards after falling love. And, yet, I’ve never made an attempt to seek out other key moments in Whedon’s oeuvre. Thus, I feel it essential for me to thank Nathaniel for pointing the way towards this one for attention.
The major crux of the film rests on the knowledge that River Tam, the psychic stowaway on the film might – or might not – have. Knowing legitimately nothing of what the film would entail that (one of many) decisive moment where River transforms from gentle clairvoyant to dangerous weapon unnerved me when it occurred.
Visionary, it’s one of those words that gets bandied around so that it meaning –I think – has lost some of its lustre and I’ve heard it said in relation to Whedon and I can’t definitely say yay or nay having so little knowledge of his work. But, adding this to my knowledge of him from Buffy I like to think of him in conjunction with River. Serenity is a film buoyed by Whedon’s tangible eye for shots. The eyes are important.
There were, for example, dozens of excellent landscape shots – not my best shot – but all of them excellently orchestrated.
Like, this shot, for example.
And, still, ultimately I end up back at the beginning. My best shot…
Head over to Nathaniel's HERE for more on this excellent film. I'm so pleased I've discovered it.