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.