Serenity (2019)


“Pity is worse than a fist to the face.” – Duke

Number of Times Seen – 1 (22 Jun 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A fishing boat captain meets up with a woman from his past who tries to convince him to help her commit the perfect crime.

My Take on it – This is a film that I have avoided watching ever since I first heard about it.

I heard a lot of negative feedback about the movie and its story, but I finally succumbed to watching the second collaboration between Anne Hathaway and Matthew McConaughey.

Having very low expectations, I was very pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this movie.

Their chemistry is once again great here and the additional work by the supporting cast helps enhance all that they do here.

Diane Lane, Jason Clarke and Djimon Hounsou all add so much to the dynamics of this complex and mysterious story line.

Loved the way that the story actually plays out on duplicate planes of reality which enhances things so much because it manages to keep things very ambiguous and fun to watch unfold.

This actually helps to heighten the level of mystery here since we are never quite 100% sure of which elements of the story are real and which may be imagined.

The characters are al developed quite well here and that adds a lot to the story since we can then care more about what will happen to these characters.

The story invests so much into these characters and we learn so much about their background and the current dilemma that they must deal with in life.

Certain plot points are kept quite ambiguous and open ended here which adds so much to the mysterious feel of it .

This helps keep things so thrilling along the way as things begin to slowly unravel into some very unexpected and strange directions.

Bottom Line – Very clever story that finds a way to stay intriguing throughout. The cast is great and it’s nice to see McConaughey and Hathaway back together again.  Loved the way that this story is played out on different planes and that helps raise the mystery level even higher because we are never quite sure what is reality and what is fiction for these characters. The characters are developed quite well and that also helps make things better because we can feel that so much is being invested into each of these characters, their background and obviously their current dilemmas in life. The story does a great job keeping certain aspects of things quite ambiguous which helps make it even more thrilling to watch as things begin to unfold in some very unexpected and strange directions.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film strongly references some famous literary works, including Moby-Dick (the protagonist’s Captain Ahab-like obsession), The Old Man and the Sea (the character’s obsession to catch the one fish that got away), The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (the same symbolic bird always following the boat), and Shakespeare’s The Tempest (the “we are such stuff as dreams are made on” quote). (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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