REVIEW: ‘Serenity’

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Jonathan Montague, Staff Writer

I have heard rumors of how terrible January movies can be, but I have never truly seen one that bad in the theater. Well, I can not say that anymore. I just saw the newest pairing of Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway in “Serenity.” I cannot wait to talk about this train wreck so let’s just get right in.

The film opens on fisherman Baker Dill, a crazed drunken individual just trying to catch his infamous tuna. This starts to get complicated when his ex-wife Karen shows up with a shady proposition: take her abusive crime-boss husband out fishing and “accidentally” come back without him. His reward: $10,000 cash!

And that is all I am going to say synopsis-wise because you need to see this film to believe it. This movie’s plot takes a turn so hard and out-of-nowhere that you get whiplash and the bends at once! The twist is not set up in any way and you are just left confused about everything. It creates so many plot holes that you cannot take it seriously anymore, and it was so much fun to watch.

All of the acting is over-the-top and cheesy, and you can tell the actors are having some fun with their roles. Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway provide a good time, and all of the supporting actors do well with the material, ludicrous as it is. The problem is there are some really good actors who are entirely wasted, most notably Diane Lane, whose character contributed nothing to the plot. She could have been cut or replaced with a less famous name and the film would have lost basically nothing.

The film is shot well and has some really good visual effects. Yes, this film has VFX, but it is used for things that only serve to confuse the audience. There are also weird camera movements and angle changes that serve no actual purpose in terms of showing us something new. The score does create a very nice “noir” atmosphere, and they know when to use it and when to let the ambience do its job.

I cannot stress how much you need to see “Serenity.” Steven Knight is either an evil genius, a complete lunatic or some amalgamation of the two. It is easily the next big “so bad it’s good” film, and I hope/cannot wait for it to officially gain that cult status.