X-Files: I Want To Believe – A Movie Review

I loved this movie!

I enjoyed the X-Files television program.  I wouldn’t say I was a diehard fan or anything, but I liked it quite a bit.  So when I saw the commercials X-Files: I Want To Believe, I made a note to check it out on DVD, but didn’t get worked up enough to go to the theatre for it.

X-Files: I Want To Believe has virtually nothing to do with the previous X-Files movie.  And it also thankfully didn’t demand expert knowledge of the television show, either.  A few terse lines of dialogue pretty much caught everyone up to speed.  Sure, there were a few moments for the devout fans, but by and large, anyone could come into X-Files: I Want To Believe and simply enjoy a good movie.

Speaking of which, I just had a great time watching this film.  Mulder and Scully are such cool characters, and David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson have such wonderful chemistry, I just really can’t get enough of these two on screen.

The plot is devoid of aliens or monsters; rather, it’s a murder mystery that takes on a slight science fiction element, but nothing supremely outlandish.  The crux of the story revolves around Billy Connolly playing a former man of the cloth who has visions related to missing women.  Scully, of course, doesn’t believe a word of it, but Mulder, as you would expect, gives Father Joe (Connolly) the benefit of the doubt.

In true X-Files fashion, the movie ends with just as many questions as answers, but hey, that’s what makes it an X-File, right?  Even with that being said, Anderson and Duchonvy offer fine performances and the movie is well made and very exciting.  Some of the acting is a little below par, specifically in regards to Amanda Peet and Xzibit-yes, Xzibit plays an FBI agent in this movie.  Also, they used the phrase “I want to believe” so many times it got to be a distraction.  I got it when it was first said-I caught the connection to the title.  No need to drive it home over and over again.

Instead of trying to create a garish, monstrosity of a movie, Chris Carter and the gang deliver an enigmatic, tense mystery that kept me on the edge of my seat and felt more like a really long episode of the TV show-and that’s a good thing!

Oh, and by the way, the subplot featuring Scully’s patient brought tears to my eyes.  Seriously.  If you’re a parent, keep the tissue nearby.

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