We saw the new X-files movie last night. It got a lot of negative press so I was braced for it to be a disappointment. One trusted critic (my mother) said, "It just wasn't the X-Files. You know, there were no aliens in it?"
But she was wrong. It most assuredly was X-Files as I knew it. I think the primary audience this movie would appeal to is the true "Filers", those of us who can rattle off statistics like "David Duchovney's birthday is August 7th" (which happpens to be the same day as mine, by the way) and the fact that Mulder liked sunflower seeds so much that in the 7th season, Episode 4, when he's supposedly saved by the Cancer man and gets to go live a normal life, which includes marrying his former girlfriend and having children, the first thing he finds in his fridge upon walking into his new house is multiple packages of them. And as it turned out that it had all taken place inside his head, so you know he had to be pretty fixated on those seeds. In fact, I suspect if you aren't already a somewhat obsessive fan (no, I don't know anybody like that, do you?), then you aren't really going to appreciate this movie.
It brought to mind the early shows in a lot of regards. Gary and I used to joke that they must have saved tons of money on lighting and special effects during the first few seasons because they spent so much time going through dark buildings and working out monster-sized problems at night. This movie reminded me of those first seasons in that respect. It was often dark, and the special effects were pretty simplistic, letting the sheer creepiness of the unsolved problems carry the ball.
More than anything, what I liked the most about this movie was the prevailing message that we should never give up, no matter what the odds are. This spoke to me personally and I'd love to expand upon it (good blog entry actually), but I won't ruin the "magic" of it for anyone else. You've simply got to see it to get it.