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25 July 2008 @ 11:20 pm
The X-Files: I Want To Believe = SHEER AWESOME!!!  
Massive movie spoilers in the comments now.

I really liked the first X-Files movie, and I loved parts of it ... but this one? Oh, I just loved EVERYTHING about it! It was AWESOME!!! Ignore the stupid critics, it was kick-kick-ass!!! As a Mulder fan, I loved every moment, so in character, so him. As a Scully fan, I loved every moment, so in character, so her. As a Mulder/Scully shipper, I loved every moment.

It was exactly as I thought Mulder should be and how I always thought there relationship should have played out in the latter seasons with Mulder. Not in your face, just there, except when the emotional layers needed to be played.

As an X-Files fan, I loved it. It was creepy, freaky, out there, funny, serious, dramatic, with the pieces all tying together perfectly like a kick-ass two parter of the series itself. Which is a high compliment because I thought that every kick-ass two-parter was better than most movies. The performances were fabulous, the writing fabulous, the direction (go CHRIS!) fabulous.


I loved the call back to "Chinga," and Scully's catholicism. The reference to the psychics -- including Luther Lee Boggs, Clyde Bruckman and a third I'm blanking on. Seeing Skinner, seeing the names Bowman and Gilligan (and others I, no doubt, missed in my glee) in Mulder's cell phone. I loved it all.

Quick randoms

- I totally believed (hah!) from the first time that Father Joe said "don't give up," he was referring to Scully not giving up on Mulder and their relationship. Awww.

- In the final indoor scene with Mulder/Scully, there was this long-camera shot on Gillian Anderson where I swear she looked JUST like Scully had in the pilot episode ... so young and vulnerable.

- I loved the "not just a little ..." "Thank you." Hee!!!

- Handhold!!! Sorry, Doctor/Rose ... you do excel at handporn, but Mulder and Scully invented it.

- SKINNER!!!!!!! I knew he was in it, I just didn't know when -- I was fairly unspoiled -- and when I saw him, I just grinned with joy!! SKINNER!!!

- Why, yes, I did clap and grin like a fool when I heard the opening strains of the theme.

- Oh my heart broke for Scully when the woman said, "you'd know if you were a mother." Sniff, sniff.

Finally, I'm not putting this behind the cut as a spoiler because I REFUSE to spoil it. Stay past the credits. Period. And don't let anyone tell you not to. It was awesome, wonderful, fabulous, beyond anything I could have imagined and brought a near-shout of glee from me in the theater as I clapped and grinned with unadulterated joy. It was a perfect, lovely gift and it was completely unexpected. And, yes, even with all I just wrote, I honestly can not expect anyone -- who is in no way spoiled -- to figure out what is SO fabulous about it. Just stay past the credits. You will not regret it if you're a fan.

GO SEE THIS MOVIE!! It's awesome. My sister watched the show on and off, and she really, really liked it. Seriously, I want this movie in my hands NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I loved it!!!!!!
la_tantela_tante on July 26th, 2008 03:51 am (UTC)
i am going to go on sunday afternoon. after i sleep in! so i'm gonna save your entry til then.....i kinda can't wait!
Arabian: MS_RSarabian on July 26th, 2008 04:26 pm (UTC)
I hope you like it. :)
leosgreens: drhorribleleosgreens on July 26th, 2008 04:17 pm (UTC)
Really glad to hear a positive review from someone who loves the show as much as I do. Can't wait to see it, but probably won't be able to till it comes out on DVD.
Arabian: David Duchovnyarabian on July 26th, 2008 04:28 pm (UTC)
Re: X-Files
I would have called you last night, but my battery died. Sorry.

It's been disheartening reading the reviews, not just from critics, but from some fans who are complaining about it.

Well, the only good from all of the complaints (and I don't expect it to do well at the box office ... I may be wrong, but I REALLY don't) is that it had a fabulous ending for me if we never get another movie. I'm happy with what we have.

ETA: Just saw the numbers ... and, yeah, it's bad. I expected it, at least I'm not surprised.

Edited at 2008-07-26 04:29 pm (UTC)
Kalleahkalleah on July 27th, 2008 01:02 am (UTC)
Thank you for the tip about staying past the credits -- I usually do, as a rule, but I'm really glad I did for this one especially.
Arabian: Dr Who (Ten)arabian on July 27th, 2008 01:10 am (UTC)
Wasn't it just BEYOND awesome!??!?! I absolutely loved it so much.
la_tantela_tante on July 28th, 2008 05:07 am (UTC)
maybe mention massive spoilers in teh comments now? don't want to hurt anyone here.
yes to everything except--i wasn't too sure about the way the relationship developed chronologically in the movie. it just seemed like after years of it being such a huge huge huge amount of ust that to have him in bed like that--with no introduction of it in the film--i mean when you get the intro of him in the movie--when she goes to his house for the first time--it seems like they've been in touch but haven't seen each other in ages, so it was a little jarring to me that all of a sudden they were in bed together. it was also total wish fulfillment, but i kinda went "whoa" and then spent several minutes trying to retcon it in my brain. that said, that scratchy beard moment was about as perfect as a moment could possibly be, you know? just so real and honest.

i also loved also how their relationship and the faith she needs to have to have that relationship was so mirrored in the christian storyline (funny name huh? </>sarcasm). it seemed to me that father joe's words were for both of them across the board (even though he only said it to her) because for both mulder and scully it's always about faith--faith that he'd find his sister and find the answers he'd always been looking for and faith that she'd feel God again and, for both of them, faith that eventually they'd be able to be together.

oh man i'm totally rambling in your journal! but i have one more thing to say, what i thought was sweet was that this movie was a shipper's dream. yeah the crime was freaky and strange but it really didn't matter what it was or who was doing it (though hello to the sexy in callum rennie! love him!) or anything. it was all about mulder and scully and how they would get from distant point a to close point b. and that's why i loved it too.

ps based on the number of people in the theater i went to today, i think we can consider this franchise pretty well done. and if that's the case, what a swansong!
Arabian: MS_RSarabian on July 28th, 2008 12:51 pm (UTC)
Re: maybe mention massive spoilers in teh comments now? don't want to hurt anyone here.
Oh, I didn't think at all that it was jarring that they were in bed together. The way Scully walked in, looked around for him, and they talked in that room, I expected them to be together.

based on the number of people in the theater i went to today, i think we can consider this franchise pretty well done. and if that's the case, what a swansong!

Sigh, yeah. But, what a swan song indeed!
zellie: tv | x-files : classicleucocrystal on July 31st, 2008 06:56 am (UTC)
Mulder and Scully invented it.
Haha, so true!

I'm so glad you loved the film. I did too! I still need to write out my full review.
Fey Spiritfey_spirit on August 4th, 2008 02:44 pm (UTC)
But wasn't the whole thing one jarring discontinuity from the last episode? I mean Scully not believing again... nothing about the alien invasion that was to come...

If the recaps are to be believed I'm boycotting this one because there's nothing I hate more then a movie that comes in some odd decade later and completely disregards continuity of cannon.

On the other hand please tell me if I've read wrong because I was really looking forward to this.
Arabian: Donna Noblearabian on August 4th, 2008 11:53 pm (UTC)
Oh, no, not at all. It's Scully not believing in this ONE GUY! for a very specific reason, and Mulder BLINDLY wanting to believe. That's it. It's doesn't negate what happened on the show at all. How anyone can say that is an issue is beyond me.
Fey Spiritfey_spirit on August 6th, 2008 10:42 pm (UTC)
So she still believes in aliens and the like? Does it even mention D Day?
Arabian: Donna/Rose promoarabian on August 7th, 2008 02:13 am (UTC)
No mention of aliens or D-Day. It's not about that AT all.
madeelly: ziva tony elevatormadeelly on March 23rd, 2009 05:01 am (UTC)
My only problem was that the plot sort of fizzled for me. But then again, I was never the biggest X-Files fan (I like it fine, I just never saw enough to really get me into it).