Review: Serenity

I really have to not make a habit of regularly reviewing movies that have big plot twists. They are most difficult to review spoiler free. However, in my defense, I didn’t see this one coming. Serenity was not at all what I expected, and there are times when that will automatically turn people away from enjoying a movie. I believe, rather, that there are many parts to a movie, the majority of which can be enjoyed separate from one another. Such was the case for me in this film, as I reluctantly somewhat enjoyed the ride it took me on. Don’t get me wrong, it was pretty bad most of the time, but I did almost like where it decided to “dock” in the end.
This movie was sold as a thriller: an ex-wife proposes a large sum of money to her ex-husband in exchange for him killing her current husband. It sounded interesting enough to me, with some room for McConaughey to work his proven movie magic. Nope. He’s mostly just a drunk hooker (“who can’t afford hooks,” actual movie quote) trying to catch a big fish, and it doesn’t help that Hathaway’s performance falls flat as a pancake. The only redeeming quality is that their characters, and others, are defined in a fitting-enough-for-me way by the end of the film. It is a movie that leaves you to connect some dots and interpret what you just saw…if you have any brain cells left to accomplish the task. Too harsh?
This one isn’t a recommendation from me, especially when there are still movies in the theatre like Glass, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Ralph Breaks the Internet, and many Academy Awards contenders. But if you happen to have already seen it, then please feel free to comment or contact me with your interpretations and regrets. I recently found out that our local 2-screen cinema will be showing If Beale Street Could Talk in mid-February, so I’m holding out for a few more weeks! Show some support to your local theatres, and thanks for reading another Red Beard Movie Review. Cheers!

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