July 26th, 2008

fears lie

The X-Files: I Want to Believe

I shall give my impression/recommendation in short, spoiler-free form first. Then some spoilery stuff under a cut. DON'T GO BACK THERE UNLESS YOU'VE SEEN IT PLEASE.

I wasn't entirely sure what to expect, and was surprised by the specific things which either disappointed me or delighted me. It's...let me put it this way:

This film is solid, realistic, and interesting future-fic, grounded nicely in the traditions and central relationship of the show. The biggest kudos I have is for the character work, which isn't jaw-dropping, but feels right to me, both within the film and as a continuation of the Mulder and Scully we all grew to love over the years.

(Location-shooting in the snow made for some functional yet very pretty sequences. Nice work, Chris Carter.)

If you've never watched X-Files, this is a low-key thriller with interesting main characters. The story and arc are possible to follow without the background, and it's probably a better film than several currently in theaters.

If you're a fan, you should go see it. Then come back here and we'll discuss the ending, because I want to know what you guys think the implication was. I know what I think, but it wasn't made crystal clear. Also, this is just a lovely film for nostalgia's sake. It's Mulder and Scully, people! :-)

If you're a writer, especially a script-writer, you should go see this. And then I shall really want to talk with you, because I'm intrigued by some of the choices Frank Spotniz (sp?) and Chris Carter made. All intentional, and they all work as intended, but I might have made some different choices, myself.

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