Bad movies can be a delight for some people, and if you are in that select group then theaters currently have a treat for you. Released this weekend is a new film starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway, and if you are unfamiliar there is good reason.
For Hollywood January is a time dominated between holiday blockbusters (like “Aquaman”) and Oscar-nominated fare (such as “Green Book”) getting most of the attention. As a result studios tend to dump unwanted, or problematic titles into theaters. One such arrived this weekend, and some feel the worst movie of 2019 has already been established.
— RogerEbert.com (@ebertvoices) January 25, 2019
Good morning! Are you aware there's an insane movie called #Serenity in theaters today? @ADuralde & I try our best to review it without spoiling its many delights, plus #TheKidWhowWouldBeKing & #TrueDetective, on the Breakfast All Day Podcast https://t.co/ZWc9buTfCM
— Christy Lemire (@christylemire) January 25, 2019
A telling sign of trouble: Major movie stars are featured, the cast and the director have a number of Oscar nominations, and yet few even have heard of the film. The studio did little advertising to save on what it deemed a losing venture, and as a result it debuted low in the top-10.
Having seen this debacle this editor can attest, it is an unravelling mess of a fish tale. It tries to create a Shyamalan-esque plot twist, and in a way it succeeds – in the laughably dense way “The Happening” happened.
At Rolling Stone Peter Travers spared no punches.
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) January 25, 2019
“It’s still only January, but this bats*** bonkers trip through the subconscious has already earned a place among the year’s worst movies.” And Peter was being kind.
Review: ‘Serenity,’ with Matthew McConaughey, is awful enough to be interesting https://t.co/YSJJbFIkbR
— Mick LaSalle (@MickLaSalle) January 27, 2019
In his reveiw LaSalle makes it sound so tempting: “People who can enjoy laughing at something made in dead earnest, who can appreciate, in a perverse way, a phenomenal, jaw-dropping mess, may find an experience close to pleasure in this strange, misbegotten, three-headed freak of a movie.”
I considered giving SERENITY five stars. I considered giving it one. There was a stretch when I thought it might be review-proof. I love it as much as a person can possibly love a movie in which Anne Hathaway goes all choke-me-daddy, which is a lot: https://t.co/yK789Gcv8n
— Charles Bramesco (@intothecrevasse) January 24, 2019
I want to start a book club but there’s only 1 book and it’s actually the movie SERENITY let’s talk about it for 1000 hours
— Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) January 26, 2019
2019 gets its first wild movie with #Serenity, a thriller so bonkers it'll be hard for anything this year to top it in the nonsense department.
— Reel Nine (@reelnine) January 24, 2019
Many fans are of a similar opinion, encouraging some should go see this to witness the mess firsthand.
1. Serenity (2019) is the biggest, weirdest train wreck I’ve seen in a theater in a long time. Please see this film. pic.twitter.com/itpycQ7lzx
— Buddy Ketelle (@BuddyKetelle) January 27, 2019
Me walking out of Serenity you folks really need to see this film it’s either the most ambitious train wreck I’ve seen in a long time or a stroke of stupid genius that left me reeling with questions and genuine excitement to show this thing to everyone I know. What a fucking ride pic.twitter.com/VfNyrCKI4H
— KBow (@_KB0W) January 27, 2019
Seriously cannot believe major actors (multiple oscar winners!!!) and a major studio all signed up to make something as BONKERS as #Serenity and they're just dropping it into theaters like it's a regular normal movie. People are gonna be bugged-out.
— Bob Chipman #RehireJamesGunn (@the_moviebob) January 22, 2019
Serenity is the most unintentionally hilarious movie of the year already. Highly recommended
— Xtian (@almightywheeze) January 26, 2019
Steven Knight's latest, Serenity, features Anne Hathaway and Matthew McConaughey in a movie so deeply weird that cult movie lovers have to see it. https://t.co/AmVZmtNDhv
— Consequence of Sound (@consequence) January 26, 2019
#Serenity (2018): is B-A-N-A-N-A-S. It’s dumb (let’s call it DOUBLE INDUMBNITY), but bad-good in the way you have to see it with a pal to believe it’s a real movie someone wrote. High wattage bonkers, perfect for @HDTGM.
I would also like to own all of Anne Hathaway’s wardrobe. pic.twitter.com/f3DudAsV0j
— Courtney Howard (@Lulamaybelle) January 24, 2019
If there is any temptation of seeing this marvel do not seek out the plot twist. But if interested — they revealed it over at Daily Caller.
REVIEW: Matthew McConaughey's New Movie Is Complete Trash And An Embarrassment To America https://t.co/O6UVtkOgQY
— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) January 26, 2019
This is definitely a “RECOMMEND”, and as always — govern yourself accordingly.
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