Serenity

I have to admit that I don’t really watch much of Joss Wedon’s
stuff. It isn’t that I don’t like him, I just never quite got into it.
I did watch Firefly a couple of times before they ripped it off the
air, though, so I was interested in Serenity when it came out. Of
course I live in the middle of nowhere now and I can only watch like 4
movies a year so a sci-fi movie based on a TV show wasn’t high on
Meredith’s list.

So last night I rented Serenity and watched
it. I really liked it. It has a good blend of serious movie moments and
lighthearted humor that just work well in this type of movie. It feels
to me very much like an Indiana Jones movie as it sometimes feels like
it is making fun of itself and sometimes it is hitting some really
great movie moments. Now it isn’t Indiana Jones good, but it is still
worth watching.

Of course it did still feel like a TV show
sometimes to me. I don’t know if this is because I actually watched it
on TV or if I think the guy from “Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Shop”
isn’t quite ready for the big screen. It could also be just a product
of watching it on my small screen in my room.

As for spiritual
points and the ability to use it in a lesson (because lets face it that
is the only reason youth pastors watch movies) there are a couple of
conversations about faith, but they all have a “it doesn’t matter what
you believe in, as long as you believe” vibe. There are also some
moments of self-sacrifice that you can use if you have some students
who are really into this movie, but without a previous interest in
Serenity there are other other movies that do better.

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