I don't think my unfamiliar-with-the-show cinema companions were blown away, but I really loved it - I felt all teary-eyed when we first saw Serenity the ship on the big screen, because it seemed like such a triumph for Whedon-nerds everywhere. We helped that, my fellow dorks, by buying the DVDs and making a big ole fuss. And it was just so great to see it in a cinema. One of my favourite things about the series was the aesthetic of the ship, and it worked so well on screen. And then there everyone was, and it was like seeing old friends, and it was fast and snarky and entertaining and Jayne was really funny. And then Shepherd Book died, but he'd only been in the film for about two seconds and while I was sad we'd never find out about his mysterious past, it wasn't too wrenching even for a fan of the series. But then THEY KILLED WASH! And that was terrible and exactly why I love Joss Whedon, because he isn't afraid to kill off central beloved characters and pull you right out of your comfort zone. It's like when Miss Callender was killed in Buffy - it made you realise that noone was safe. And when they were all holed up under Reaver attack, I was convinced that half of them were going to die. Because you know that Whedon would probably do it. And then off course we get the oh-so-Buffy-esque image of River standing over a pile of dead reavers. I wish Joss Whedon would go back to TV, because I just love him, and I want to get an hour of Whedon a week rather than wait three years between films.
The short version: I still [heart] Joss Whedon. Also, I love David Krumholtz. Mmmm, David Krumholtz.
Also, to add the excitement of the evening, when we arrived at the cinema who should be there for a charity premiere of Nanny McPhee but Emma Thompson! Looking lovely, I might add. She was besieged by photographers and we had to go and queue for our tickets but I did want to ask why on earth she had changed the name of my beloved Nurse Matilda. Alms for ge luvvy aggy, indeed.