and its TV prequel
are full of brilliantly realised, surprising and endlessly loveable characters, it's arguable that River is one of Whedon's all time greats.
95% mild-mannered, mentally-afflicted crazy-person, and 5% super-kick-ass, deadly and kung-fu-tastic sleeper assassin, she's given two brilliant scenes in
to own the floor.
And oh, how she does. Taking everything he'd learnt on
, and then channelling it through a big-screen lens, Whedon directs each fight scene with style, heft and visceral awesomeness.
The bar scene is everything you've ever wanted the
cantina brawls to be, while the climatic battle with the deadly reavers is a ballet of scythe swinging, eviseration-y beauty.