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Serena (2015) 
A Misfire of being a great movie
1.5/4 stars

Talking about a big backfire this movie was, I mean just wow.

The story is about (Bradley Cooper) and his fiercely independent, entrepreneurial-minded wife Serena (Jennifer Lawrence) following a devastating miscarriage. A woman who isn't afraid to speak her mind and relishes the opportunity for manual labor in the forest, the enigmatic Serena subsequently grows intensely jealous of the woman who previously bore her husband a son, and quickly begins to unravel over suspicions that Pemberton is sheltering his illegitimate family.

Okay every year you always get that early Oscar Buzz in about I don't know February or March, of films that are not even out yet but people predict it's going to be great just by some little photos or the 20 sec trailer for the film. Movies like Jersey Boys, Into the Woods and now this movie, which this was originally suppose to get a lot of Oscar Nominations, but when the reviews finally came in... it get's nothing and hey I won't blame them, this movie is god awful.

Serena is a depressing, not very well acted, lazily edited movie with some weak directing. The movie doesn't really hold my interest at times because I almost nodded off with boredom watching this movie, and I think it's the way the movie is written, it's not really well written at all. With scenes of dialogue that feel flat and been done before in much better films than this.

The thing that made my jaw dropped with shock of how bad it was in this movie is the editing, I mean my god this is some of the worst editing I've seen in years. It's so chopper and scenes that just go by so quick, if I was watching this movie and then I dropped something on the floor and while I'm getting it and sitting back up I would think I missed about 35 minutes of this movie, but no it's just the rush editing that's all.

The director of this movie Susanne Bier doesn't really look like she give a damn about this movie, because they are loads of scenes that are easy to spot has mistakes and she just overlooked them, and yes there are many directors out there that miss a lot of mistakes in their movies, but in this with the messy editing and the very poorly written script, how can you miss all that?.

Now dose this movie have it's good and I can yeah (Only some): The way the movie looks is actually pretty to look at and the cinematography is just spot on great. The sets as well looked like it to for ever and probably hours to put together and I give them that for trying, but doesn't change the fact that this is pretty awful movie.

Overall Serena has I said before feels like a big misfire of being something great and worthy of watching, but no.

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