Title – Serenity (2019)
Director – Steven Knight (Locke)
Cast – Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jason Clarke, Djimon Hounsou, Diane Lane, Jeremy Strong
Plot – On the small community of Plymouth Island, army-vet turned fisherman Baker Dill (McConaughey) contemplates a lucrative offer from his ex-partner Karen (Hathaway) to kill her abusive husband Frank (Clarke) on a chartered fishing trip.
“Sometimes we do bad things for good reasons”
Review by Eddie on 26/02/2019
Tis early in the year of 2019, but it’s likely that one of the strangest and most surprising film’s has already found its way onto our screens (skipping cinemas in Australia) in the form of acclaimed filmmaker Steven Knight’s Serenity.
What makes Serenity such an oddball event even more out of the blue, is the fact that this oft-delayed thriller was seemingly just your run of the mill hot and sweaty thriller with a dash of murder, starring two A-listers and a collection of solid supports, working for a filmmaker that has made a mark in works such as Eastern Promises, hit TV show Peaky Blinders and the Tom Hardy vehicle Locke.
It’s hard to talk about what makes Serenity the film you don’t expect it to be (with critics flabbergasted upon initial release in America last month) but rest assured Serenity is weird, very very weird and for some it will be too much to bare as the story of Matthew McConuahgey’s Iraq war veteran turned fishing charter captain/gigolo Baker Dill getting offered $10 million dollars by ex-partner Karen (played by Anne Hathaway) to kill her abusive husband Frank (grossly played by Jason Clarke) goes to places that not even the most eagle eyed viewers will be expecting.
In some strange way it’s amazing to witness such a high-profile and well-backed affair just completely go for it in the ideas department and while not a lot stacks up when examined in fine detail and many little plot lines remain carelessly unanswered, the zaniness and complete commitment by Knight and his cast will keep you watching regardless.
It’s a beautiful mishmash of creativity, eccentricities and quite possibly brilliance as we follow Knight and his leading man (and his unclothed butt cheeks that should win an award for best supporting actor) on Dill’s journey that sees him long to catch a tuna that’s been a subject of his fishing desires, weigh up his financially beneficial offer and help Diane Lane as his client Constance find her oft-missing pet cat.
Where Jeremy Strong’s oddball suit and tie wearing Reid Miller, a teenage computer wizz, telepathy and video games comes into the equation is best left for viewers to discover, as this thriller’s rough yet often enjoyable journey on the high-seas of high concept movie-making takes place.
Final Say –
I still can’t believe Serenity is a thing, a potentially brilliant out of the ordinary thriller that aims high and lands somewhere in the rough middle. I can see why so many have taken to Knight’s film as an early contender for the years worst, but despite all its flaws and strange choices, Serenity is always watchable and a sometimes wickedly enjoyable thriller with a difference and a heartfelt message, offering a lot more than many of its other by the numbers counterparts.
2 ½ bare buns out of 5
I only heard it was crap, which is a shame since the cast is elite. I might rent this sometime down the road.
Look I wouldn’t go into fight for the film ha but I found it constantly entertaining and yeh its worth it just for the twist! It’s insanely bonkers.
I’ve wanted to see this movie ever since I saw the film trailer. You just convinced me to watch it!
It’s worth a watch! Honestly it’s not like anything I’ve ever seen before, warts and all.
I’m really glad I read your review because I want to see this movie. Cant wait, thanks!
It’s not grand cinematic spectacle but it’s more interesting than most efforts these days!
The movie felt like a screw to the head.
It seemed like a truly competent thriller at times and then it flips into some oddball territory with that ending (which shall not be spoken off here). As you said, “insanely bonkers” and how much of it you accept may depend on how invested you get into the characters.
I think that’s it with this film, its how much you can accept what’s happened and happening. I know of some that really enjoyed it while others that completely hated it!
I tried watching this movie twice Sunday and fell asleep on both attempts. I’ll give it one more shot out of respect for Mcoughnahey
If his one thing mate its committed! He gives it his all here. I always enjoy watching him have a crack.
This review is the first thing about this movie – other, perhaps, than the cast – that is of any intrigue whatsoever. Re-evaluating my interest in seeing it… thanks!
It’s an odd and wild ride but one that just may be worth taking! Take the plunge I say, would be keen to hear what you think.
I just watched it – pretty good but not expecting the way it turned out toward the end which made it more appreciating to have seen. The only thing is every time he talked I felt I was watching a Lincoln commercial.
It was such an odd movie! I can’t believe it got made. It really wasn’t as bad as some people said it was, but its one of those things that will be a love or hate thing.
I remember watching the trailer a few times, and thinking ” This looks really cool.” Saw the film in the theater and boy was it a total mind-fuck. I felt like it was just beautifully screwed up, more to the point of ” where is this film going?!?” The ending kinda threw me for a loop for sure.
It was one of the most bizarre Hollywood films I’ve seen in sometime, kind of can’t believe it was made!