Serenity (2019)

Steven Knight directs Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Djimon Hounsou in this neo-noir where a struggling fisherman is revisited by his glamorous ex-wife with a murderous request.

I used to stay up late watching movies like this on Moviedrome. Imperfect genre films that were so off key they were fascinating. Works where auteurs had overreached. Star vehicles that were bafflingly uncommercial. Here’s the thing. Something is revealed an hour into the story that completely warps what you are watching. Most of the audience will switch off as it is such a ludicrous shift from the rental they were sold on. Other might appreciate the effort to mix things up as ham fisted as it is executed. A few will love the plot earthquake. The clues were all there, it has a cult audience waiting… dormant… to celebrate this as a misunderstood cult classic a decade hence. Me? I was really enjoying the film for what it was. A Hemingwayish take on The Lady From Shanghai. McConaughey gotta catch that elusive fish. Hathaway vamping about like Jessica Rabbit. I missed that film once it was aborted. What took over wasn’t anywhere near as fun or up my alley. Until Serenity pulls the rug from underneath us all… It was a great day to catch that fish!

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