Diary Of A Hollywood Refugee

Saturday, July 26, 2008

"The X-Files: I Want To Believe"

Not unexpectedly, 20th Century Fox's The X-Files: I Want to Believe, based on the '90s iconic TV series, has been panned by the nation's film critics most of whom are pompous asses with self inflated egos.

From Lou Lumenick of the New York Post, who dismissed it as "ho-hum", which describes his film reviews in general, to Claudia Puig in USA who gets it totally wrong when she comments that the film "just can't capture the magic" of the original series" to
Jan Stuart, from the Los Angeles Times, who also gets it totally wrong when comparing the movie with the TV series:

"Even at its stride, The X-Files was a load of malarkey. But it was thoughtful malarkey and compulsively watchable. One could say the same about the first two-thirds of The X-Files: I Want to Believe before it spins out of control and into a delirious plane of awfulness."
One could say the same about Jan's review; alot of malarkey which spins out of control towards just plane awfulness.

And then there is Manohla Dargis of New York Times who proclaimed the film to be:
"Baggy, draggy, oddly timed and strangely off the mark."
That would be a more apt critique of Dargis herself, whose arrogance is only exceeded by her inane stupidity.

In the 2nd Garfield feature, Billy Connolly plays the villainous character of "Lord Dargis" so inspired by Dargis after she give the first feature her typical snotty negative review.
Billy Connolly also stars in this X-Files feature.
Dragon lady give this X-Files her usually snotty negative review.
The Circle of Life is complete.
The NY Times is good for lining your birdcage.
Dargis critiques are good for nothing.

None of the brain dead fuckwits over at the Daily Kos got it. Least of all, the ass, Larry Madill, who"reviews" it by giving away the plot which he mangles and inserting the "de riguer" insults and slurs about the Bush Administration.

Thankfully, John Anderson of Newsday.com gets it.

If you are a true die-hard fan of the The X-Files tv series, from its inception, then you will love this movie. By inception, I mean pre-mythology, which was complex and stretched across the shows 9 seasons. Thankfully, that mythology is absent from this film.

This second feature while cinematic, returns back to the series roots and remains true to the core of what defined X-Files the series: dark, moody, creepy, intense, evocative, wry, quirky, a bit silly, a great mystery, cerebral, sensual. The plots kept us riveted, slightly off balance, they scared us by what they didn't show, and the sexual tension between Scully & Mulder sizzled!

No one does dead pan wit as masterfully as Duchovny. No one does "sexy cerebral" better than Anderson.

In X-Files: I Want To Believe, their sexual chemistry---born in their passionate need to believe; he in paranormal phenomenon, she in the harmony of God & science---still sizzles!
But now, another woman is added to the mix. Edgy younger FBI Agent Dakota Whitney who is enamored with Muldur both professionally and personally. While both chasing a suspect she crosses the line when she calls out for Mulder's by first name "Fox" - a huge faux pas - and as such her demise seems like karmic retribution.

X-Files, the series, consistently brought us some of the BEST sci-fi drama on television. It was a cult phenomena, that made "geek" totally cool! The first feature film bridged Seasons 5 & 6, and tied up many storylines. It was, to quote Peter Travis, impenetrable.

X-Files: I Want To Believe, isn't as strong in comparison to some of the best X-Files plots, but it is classic X-Files; dark, scary, weird, a skillful thriller with touch of humor and slight bit of hope.

I want to believe that this is the start of an X-Files feature film franchise, which will re-unite the strong team of David Nutter as Director, and the Emmy award winning John Bartley as his Cinematographer.

*cue X Files theme* do do do dooooooo


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