Well, actually, the day started out with dad and I going to see Serenity.
So most of the people I've seen discussing this movie were fans of the show, and as could probably be expected raved over it -- not counting the deaths, I guess. As someone who didn't watch Firefly (I don't like westerns and that aspect of the show really turned me off -- I decided to see the movie because it seemed as though they played it down) I suppose I have a different, more "Average Jane Audience Person" perspective.
So here it is: I was entertained for the two hours or whatever it was, but it's not a movie that I would go back to see again in the theater. Rent when it comes out on DVD, sure. Buy, maybe. But while the sfx were impressive, and Mal was grim and witty (gritty?) Jayne and Wash were funny and Kaylee was completely adorable and Simon was brooding and River was a blast to watch and Zoe was kickass, I didn't feel that we got much of an emotional connection to them. I mean, I was pulling for Kaylee to 'win' Simon, and for River to kick everybody's butt, and I was bummed about Wash dying, but it definitely wasn't a movie where I wanted to jump up and cheer. It felt like Inara and especially Book's roles were too small, almost prefunctory, and the whole setup was just stage dressing for Mal to reveal himself as your typical Badass With a Heart of Gold.
I know very well that if I was a fan of Firefly, my reactions to all of this would be different because I would know and care more about the characters and the universe that they live in. But I wasn't, and one has to figure that most of the people who go to see this movie weren't fans, because if the show had had that many fans it would still be on the air.
The final verdict: an interesting and entertaining movie, but nothing inherently special.
I guess I'll wait to get smacked around now *g*
Now, for the presents!
I was a total dork and actually took pictures.
From my brother: the cat owner's manual. Basically, it's a book about cats written as though it's an instruction manual. I'm going to have to scan some pages for icons, because it's freakin' hilarious.
From my mom and dad: a new purse and wallet, bubble bath, a watch, and a cute little crochetted sweater.
From step-cousin and wifey (they're my age): another knit/crochetted sweater.
From my cousin Shelbs: this cute little pillow, which Abby finds comfortable.
From my aunt and uncle: beaded earings and bracelet, a Giants top, a nightie shirt (which I'm wearing now), an electric toothbrush, and another crochetted sweater (I'm really into them right now, if you couldn't tell). She got me another crochetted piece, longer and more hole-y, if that makes any sense, but it was too small :( So she's going to look online for a replacement. And it sucks, because it was sooo cute.
Altogether, though, I had a fab time -- the cake was yum, I think everyone had a nice time, and it was worth the wait *g*