Although it received little advanced buzz on the Internets, the vanilla-titled “X-Files: I Want To Believe” is a much better film than the feature that preceded it in 2002, and dove heavily into the TV series’ UFO mythology. It is also a smarter, more subdued and fun, tighter, and all-around better movie.
Now both out of the FBI, former Special Agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) are consulted by the bureau on the case of a missing agent, and to gauge the reliability of defrocked Catholic priest (Billy Connolly) who claims to have psychic visions of the victim.
That’s pretty much writer-director Chris Carter’s basic premise: no grand government conspiracies, no oily-eyed aliens out to conquer humanity. And it’s a welcome relief to enjoy such a streamlined story that is as satisfying as the best TV “X-Files” episodes that aired during the series’ nine-season run.
The film also explores a deeper side to the relationship between Mulder and Scully, who have become a couple, but comically still refer to one another by their last names.
And though comments made by some that “I Want To Believe” will appeal most to longtime “X-Files” fans are indeed true, this shouldn’t shock anyone. That is the audience Chris Carter is clearly aiming for.
This said, as one of the show’s fans, I enjoyed the movie very much.