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MOVIE: The X-Files: I Want to Believe (2008)

January 6, 2009

I confess to a degree of wariness regarding this one — wariness that turned to outright alarm when I heard through the grapevine that Mulder and Scully not only SMOOCHED in it, but were living together as well.  Ew, what?!  Raise your hand if your first thought upon learning this yourself was something along the lines of, “Have we learned nothing from Moonlighting, my peoples!?!”

Taking that apprehension into consideration, you can only imagine my delighted surprise when I discovered about a third of the way in that I was actually really enjoying this flick.  And not just DESPITE the smooching and changes in the Sculder dynamic, but partially BECAUSE of them.  I don’t know how they did it, exactly, but putting those two together ended up feeling pretty natural.  I believed it.  It was . . . you know. . . okay n’ stuff.  Even with the smoochies, and I thought there was no way in heck I’d ever be okay with the smoochies.

The storyline is sort of like one of the good stand-alone X-Files episodes, expanded to fit two hours.  Of course, that means there’s  some extra stuff packed in that didn’t really need to be there, but they more than made up for that by not having even a hint of mindbogglingly-obtuse-government-conspiracy-theory crappola mucking things up.  I’m happy with extra goop, as long as the extra goop is not tedious and/or totally stupid.

The movie opens with Dr. Dana Scully being approached by a group of Feebies at the hospital where she now works, asking her if she knows where Fox Mulder is.  When she presses to know why, they say they need his help on a case and if he’ll come back to the FBI, “all will be forgiven.” (Apparently, Mulder and the FBI did not part on good terms.)

Scully goes home — where she finds Mulder sitting in his office throwing pencils at the ceiling and pretending to feel busy and fulfilled.  She says, “Hey, stop pretending to be busy and fulfilled and go back to the FBI — they need you!”  And after some thinking, he agrees.

But only if Scully will go with him.

I knew he was gonna say that.

The two end up joining a team of federal agents who have been using a psychic (Billy Connolly) to try to find some missing women — one of whom is a federal agent herself.  Mulder wants to believe that the psychic is real; Dana thinks it’s all bunk.  Sound familiar?  Yep.

Of course, now that they’re dating, Scully has turned into TV’s  stereotypical girlfriend harpie, which was a little on the annoying side (“You should do it!” “You better stop doing it or else!” “Why aren’t you doing it?”  “If you keep doing it, I’m going to dump you!”  Dude, make up your mind already, Sculls).  But hey, at least her hair looked purdy, right?

The resolution of the storyline is really neither here nor there — blah blah blah brain transplants blah blah blah Frankenstein’s monster blah blah blah.  It is, as I said, not really anything more developed or thoughtful than the typical stand-alone X-Files episode.  But hey, you know what?  I LOVE stand-alone X-Files episodes.  They’re darn fun.  And so is this movie.

Hope they do another one soon.

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Genre:  Science Fiction
Cast:  David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Callum Keith Rennie, Billy Connolly, Amanda Peet, Mitch Pileggi