Dear Mr. Carter,
As a loyal fan and viewer of your earlier work, I ventured out today to see your latest offering, “The X-Files: I Want to Believe”. My expectations weren’t high, but I figured I’d at least get a good hour and a half of smart writing and a somewhat thought-provoking plot, with a bit of nostalgia thrown in.
I wanted to believe, Chris, I really did, but I’m sorry; waving nods to the show and bizarre attempts at cued humor (none of which made any sense) could not camouflage the steaming pile of plotless crap that was this film. Did you really think you could distract us with some nostalgia and we wouldn’t realize that the movie MADE NO SENSE?! And what the hell was up with the whole Scully-as-a-pathetic-Lifetime-movie-heroine bullshit?! And what kind of doctor does medical research on GOOGLE?! Srsly!
This story might have made for a decent X-Files episode, but you stretched it past its limits and took the focus off of the weirdness and put it onto Mulder and Scully, who felt like strangers. They were written (and acted) poorly, and the story was so cut up that it was impossible to follow. This whole thing would have been vastly improved with a little bit of camp thrown in, but it was soooo serious…
I remember reading a few months back that there wasn’t going to be anything paranormal in the film, which I didn’t really care about one way or the other, as I tend to view that as something defined within the reality of the story, and not necessarily saying anything about the real world. But there is totally paranormal stuff in the movie, it’s just been repackaged as religion. A dude with psychic visions is a dude with psychic visions, whether he’s a priest or not.
You know, I thought the idea of an ongoing X-Files film series could’ve been cool, but sadly, I think you’ve blown it for good this time.
I’m going to watch some old episodes of the show and try to forget the past 3 hours of my life (I should have just given in to T3P0 and gone to Batman again).
I want my $5.50 back.