I came to The X-Files a little later than a lot of people. I'd watched the very first show and wasn't all that impressed, but much later, in 2001 or 2, Joel showed me the X-Cops episode and I was hooked. I mean, how could you not love Steve and Edy? I confess, though, that I'm not an X-ie, or whatever they might call themselves, but I love a good story and The X-Files had some great ones.
The X-Files: I Want to Believe is just that. A good story. With the pounding noises of Batman's special effects booming through the wall, our movie was low-key by comparison, and that's fine with me. This is not the movie at which you'll see glazed-eyed teens staring slack-jawed at the screen, kids whose imaginations have been slaughtered by more noise, bigger car crashes and wilder computerized effects. It's a movie with a story. And that may disappoint some of the show's fans.
"this movie is really about the eternal balancing act of love and work, of passion for a goal or quest and passion for a man or woman----this is mulder and scully i'm talking about. this partnership plays out in a emotional way while they are tring to solve this freaky (my kids' word) mystery that may unravel and unravel them. the case pushes mulder away from scully but also toward her, love and work impossibly intertwined until a choice must be made."
(from David Duchovny's blog, The Duchovny Files, found on the film's site, linked above)
I was expecting more paranormal content and was a little disappointed, but if I say anything more about that I'll be giving some things away. I liked it despite my dashed expectations.
One suggestion. If you go see it, resist the temptation to get up and leave as the credits begin to roll. Sit through it and keep in mind that one of the production mainstays and writers of the TV episodes was Vince Gilligan.