The X Files: I Want to Believe
They've Done (Much) Better Episodes
I’m not an avid fan of “The X-Files” (but a fan nonetheless) mainly because I haven’t seen many episodes from the later seasons. But I know the importance of Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dr. Dana Scully’s (Gillian Anderson) relationship pertaining to the overall story arc. Although most of the time one believes and one doubts, things get really interesting and entertaining when both characters touch the gray area. After eight years, I think Duchovny and Anderson still got it but the writing isn’t as strong so the characters feel a little different. Watching this picture is like watching a good (but not great) episode of “The X-Files” TV show. It’s another mystery-of-the-week kind of story that doesn’t much contribute to the infamous alien mythology. I wish the filmmakeres have decided to tackle that mythology instead because there are so much unanswered questions in the series finale. I found adding Amanda Peet and Xzibit as FBI agents to be refreshing because they reminded me of how much Mulder and Scully have evolved over the years. Billy Connolly as a psychic was nothing impressive but he was still mysterious and I wanted to know much about his character. One of my biggest problems with the film is that Duchovny wasn’t given enough material to work with in order for the audiences to understand him that much more. Most of the time, we see him moping and believing in the paranormal… and that’s pretty much it. But I was glad that Anderson was able to play various emotions whether it comes to dealing with the paranormal or science. As for the conclusion of the film, although shocking in its own right, the writers could’ve done something that could last in people’s heads after the credits ended. “The X-Files: I Want to Believe” wants to me to believe that the filmmakers will make another film to possibly bring back every effective element the TV show had to prove to moviegoers how powerful (and astute) the series can be.