‘I have no idea what this is about’ is the main take-away from Sky’s new original movie Serenity
Sky's new original film Serenity landed on TV, and selected cinemas, this weekend and has been leaving viewers feeling a little perplexed.
Not to be confused with Joss Whedon's 2005 sci-fi flick of the same name, Sky's Serenity reunites Interstellar co-stars Anne Hathaway and Matthew McConaughey, and also stars the wonderful Jason Clarke.
Based on cast alone, expectations were above average.
Ostensibly it's a thriller in which a fishing boat captain (McConaughey, of course) is approached by his beautiful ex Anne Hathaway to murder her abusive husband (Clarke).
However, without spoiling Serenity for those who wish to see it, it features a head-scratching twist half way through which renders it something else entirely.
Not everyone has completely understood the twist, never mind been on board with it. On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes the 20 per cent rotten rating appears to be directly linked to that pivotal genre change.
Writer/director Steven Knight (of Peaky Blinders and Locke fame) told Metro.co.uk that he expected the tough reviews because Serenity is a film that's not easy to define.
"I think it’s because making a movie costs a lot of money and therefore people are cautious, but I think filmmaking attracts rules like no other art form. Very early in any process, people are saying: What’s the genre? How do we market it? How do we sell it?” he said.
"With something like this, I wanted to not be in a genre, or to deliberately place it in a genre and pluck it out of it. So I think whenever you do that, whenever you do something different, you divide the audience. I’ve had terrible reviews and I’ve also had fab reviews from people who I respect and admire, so it’s a bit of both."
On social media, the reaction has been more negative than positive, although it does have its fans, even if some of those are from the 'so bad it's good' camp:
Please watch serenity on sky movies.— Joe Barnett (@theresonly1joeb) March 1, 2019
Sooooo entertainingly bad.#serenity
Hi everyone.— Adam Kinghorn (@KinghornAdam) March 1, 2019
Don’t watch #Serenity.
That is all.
Me 20 mins into watching Serenity pic.twitter.com/fWExxlAPTJ— John Parker (@j0hnparker) March 2, 2019
So #Serenity hits Sky Cinema today. It’s very much a marmite, acquired taste, sort of flick but truth be told I went with it and found myself enjoying it for the most part.— Dan Storey (@DapperDan) March 1, 2019
Watching #Serenity. I have no idea what this is about.— 🌱 (@caracompass) March 2, 2019
#Serenity isn't as bad a movie as some folk made out....— Concussion Protocol (@23Nate) March 5, 2019
Watching #serenity, someone best get eaten by a shark soon 🤔— Ｔｅｒｒｉ ♥ (@terrimcfarlane_) March 4, 2019
#Serenity a pile of nonsense but I kind of enjoyed it.— Paula P (@paulapg50) March 4, 2019
Serenity is available on Sky Movies now.