(2008) dir. Chris Carter
viewed: 07/25/08 at AMC Loews Metreon 16 with IMAX, SF, CA
Dude. Was the last X-Files (1998) movie really 10 years ago?
Jeez. No wonder I couldn’t find my last post on this. I started in 2002.
I wasn’t a regular viewer of the show, even though I could tell it was the kind of thing that I would have loved if I was younger, having grown up on Kolchak: The Night Stalker and The Twilight Zone. It just never clicked with me, though I wasn’t unappreciative of it, not an anti-fan. I only saw the other movie when it hit DVD, and quite frankly, I didn’t really even have plans to see this one. It was just a whim.
I only give those disclaimers since I managed to see this film the day it premiered and want to clarify that I am definitely not a fanatic. Expectations were reasonably low, even with decent reviews.
The bottom line: I actually enjoyed it.
I don’t think it’s great stuff. I don’t even think, necessarily, that it’s out and out cinematic. But it’s enjoyable. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are likeable and fine, carrying less baggage than some former television shows that try to convert to film. In fact, probably less baggage than in the last one.
The question is “The X-Files: Why?”. It feels like culture has left this once relatively relevant show behind. The movie is fairly clever, has its creepy and outlandish elements, but isn’t big by any means. It’s no The Dark Knight (2008) nor Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) nor Iron Man (2008). Heck, it’s not Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008) for that matter. It’s not the stuff of “man, I gotta get to the theater and see that movie!”
But it’s still good. Or decent. Respectable. It’s no big film. It’s got a good idea, a decent narrative, is entertaining enough, hardly reaches for the sky. Is that a recommendation? I don’t know.
I liked it well enough.