Saturday, July 26, 2008

X-Files: I Want To Believe (Carter, 2008)


I don't even know where to begin. I've been looking forward to this film for months. I was a huge fan of the series, but let me be blunt from the beginning- any one of the weekly episodes (that had both Fox and Scully as characters) was better than this newest addition to the saga. I haven't been this disappointed with entertainment since I was 11 years old and I found out that WWF wrestling wasn't real. Chris Carter was gracious enough to slip in some humor aimed at fans of the series, but honestly, I might have missed some because I was perpetually on the verge of dozing off throughout this flick. Please, someone out there that has seen this movie- tell me what I missed! Tell me that I just don't, "get it", that there was a deeper philosophical aspect of the film that my shallow mind is not able to interpret, tell me that and give me your interpretation, please. What I watched last night was a film about a pedophile that has visions that helped the FBI catch a group of mad-scientists that are detaching heads from hapless victims, and attaching their bodies to a russian-born man. Was this a government conspiracy? No. Was this an alien experiment? No. The whole purpose of the murders was so that a gay man could keep his, "husband" alive for as long as possible. Did Carter envision himself getting an Oscar for making a sci-fi version of, "Brokeback Mountain"? Of all the possible plots that the X-Files vault has to choose from, how in the world did Carter sit down with Spotnitz and say, "wow, this is the direction we need to go- a pedophile priest that challenges skeptical minds to open themselves up to the idea of God and faith". This movie was a jumbled attempt at social commentary, at best. I am dumbfounded. I have a little theory for how poor films get made: everyone involved in the project gets so enamored with the day-to-day grind of the film making process that no one takes the time to step back and question the direction the project is heading. Surely someone involved had to see this bomb coming, but perhaps that someone didn't have the clout or bravado to approach Carter and say something along the lines of, "hey, I've been analyzing what we're putting together here, and I must say it sucks. If our aim is to create a sleeping aid for insomniacs, we might be on to something, but if making an entertaining film for our fans is the goal, then we are terribly off course". Way to go Carter, you've just put the nail in the coffin for the X-Files saga. No way in hell is this film going to bring new fans, and I'm going to predict that this one isn't going to make the studios the kind of money they counted on. Maybe in several years, when people forget how bad this film is, another X-Files will get the green light. If that does happen, I suggest Chris Carter sit on the sidelines and let someone else direct, because what I saw last night was painfully flat.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You write really well, considering all the "Head Bangers Balls" you have done. I am disappointed X-Files was not very good.

What is up buddy. Where the crap have you been? Dan Marino is the best Qb in the history of the NFL. Did Elway even play in the NFL? I can remember him at Stanford but not in the league...maybe he is just very forgettable.
-Blood Bather

7:40 AM  
Blogger Chris Allen Gaubatz said...

Is this Preece? Perini? I haven't been reminded of my WarCraft days in a long time! I just read a report that Marino is considered the best quarterback of all-time that was unable to lead a team to a Super Bowl victory. That's a proud title, and there is no shame in being listed in the category of Best Of: Losers. Email me sometime, we need to catch up!

-Azazel

10:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Silly, it is me Jennifer Hawkes. I was just thinking about how we made out under the tree at the HAFB gym. That was HOT!I am married now to Eddie Quincy. Joey Wales says hi and that his butt still hurts from the bat flying at him through the pitching machine.
-Jen

5:01 PM  
Anonymous adam preece said...

Chris send me an email.

preece.12@osu.edu

-adam

10:47 AM  

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