Friday, July 25, 2008

Nerd Alert: I Want To Believe.

Okay so clearly I've been stoked about the X Files premiere for ages. I understand that this comes with a label, and this review will probably be an embarrassing reveal of how incredibly nerdy I really am.  Oh well.  Ain't no shame in it.

If you are planning on seeing the movie and don't want to know anything don't read this because basically, I'm going to spoil it for you.  Because I have no filter and though I may try, I'd ruin something.  There's the disclaimer.

First and foremost, I have to say that Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny still rock my world.  The acting was perfect, and I love the direction that they took the characters.  Even if it was more overt than normal, the relationship was still stellar.  Scully was a beast in this movie.  It was sweet.  

As I told several of you, I was slightly disappointed at first.  I didn't really grasp why they'd left out the stuff that made the series so cool, like, um, aliens and conspiracies.  The more I think about it, the more I'm appreciating it.  Was it as good as it could have been? No.  But I think at the core of the show is the search for truth, and they hold true to that search.  It's just taken on a different form.

The show has always brought Scully's Catholic faith - and lack of faith - into the plot lines.  A pedophile priest named Father Joe claims to have visions that can help the FBI find a missing agent. Scully, who now works as a surgeon at a Catholic children's hospital, is pretty clear that she's not interested in what he has to say. She sees him praying for salvation and practically rolls her eyes. The following exchange goes like this:
Scully: Do you think God hears your prayers?
Father Joe: Do you think He hears yours?
Scully: I didn't bugger 37 alter boys.
Burn.  She's "done chasing monsters in the dark", which ultimately brings her to leave Mulder at the unibomber style abode he (they? I wasn't clear on this...) is living in.  But not before they make out a little.  

Bottom line, I'm for sure going to see it again.  It's sooo not as bad as the reviews it's getting.  I just hope that a) there's another one and b) it has some aliens and conspiracies in it. :-)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The "bugger" quote is your favorite isn't it? :)