SERENITY (2019) – movie review by A.B.G.

Not to be confused with ‘Serenity’ released in 2005, the spin-off film to the series ‘Firefly’.

How am I gonna start this off? Well, you aren’t getting exactly what you advertised. What looks like just another rip-off of ‘Fatal Attraction’ is instead a rather bizarre story that critics have destroyed upon its release. ‘Serenity’ is the result of several release pushbacks and the squandering Anne Hathaway and Matthew McConaughey’s talents.

The main story follows Matthew McConaughey as a fishing boat captain hired to assassinate Anne Hathaway’s supposedly abusive husband. This ties to a bigger premise I won’t mention here, but one thing for sure is, haven’t we all seen something like this before? The husband is abusive, McConaughey once again plays his role as he usually does only this time more aggressively so, and the film plays along with a story for some reason people keep coming back to every year.

McConaughey’s character name is weird too. The name “Baker Dill” is no doubt this year’s “Harry Hole”. Aside from the flaws, ‘Serenity’ hasn’t exactly anything out of the ordinary either. While whatever twists and turns the film has to offer definitely works, it’s all so forced that it’ll take you out of the film as soon as you hear about it. To the point that you might start satirizing the film too.

Overall, ‘Serenity’ works, but in its state feels like the one guy thinking he’s clever but comes off as an attention whore. Hathaway and McConaughey obviously have better projects to follow than this here absurdity that one could see as rather bizarrely interesting if so, and the other will pass this off as just another movie with the mindset of an overconfident person. Should you really want to watch this, sure, it’s more of a 50% than it is a 23% that Rotten Tomatoes has for ‘Serenity’.

PROS: + decent cast and acting / + twists and turns do actually work

CONS: – forced cliches and presentation

Final rating: 5.5/10

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