View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

I wanted to like it

I took the lassies to see the new X Files movie - I Want to Believe.

With Emily heading back to school, and Bridget and Clare launched off into their lives, it may be a while before the three of them, the good-looking-wife, and I all can do something together like this.

I wish it could have been a better "last time" - in terms of being together, and perhaps for the X Files, a show we used to like.

The movie wasn't terrible, it just wasn't that good. It had some obvious plot holes that taxed even the suspension of disbelief required for the X Files anyway. It was dark and depressing. Scully's character is joyless - even with the silly tag-on during the credits.

Faith wise, we have a pedophile psychic former priest, a priest in charge of a hospital (Mother of Sorrows??!) who seemed uncaring and given the nature of the other priest seems unnecessarily ominous. Oh, and Dr. Scully is using stem cells to treat a patient in a Catholic hospital with no explanation of what kind of stem cells - or even discussion by the staff that obviously includes nuns in habits and priests in collars. By the way, is the kid the only patient Scully has?? (One of the plot holes.)

Plus, the movie is a stand alone. Some of the loose ends left over from the show's end remain unresolved. If you weren't a fan of the show and didn't know, okay. But for someone like me, I wanted to have them at least acknowledged. Maybe mention of some of the characters (beyond the one character who mysteriously shows up later to help save the day). And I missed the humor that sometimes popped up in the show.

If you were a fan of the show, you may want to see it for the sake of seeing it. Otherwise, well, if you have nothing to do, you've already seen The Dark Knight, and you can't stomach the idea of seeing Step Brothers, give it a shot.

The Strong family vote: 4 ehs, one thumbs down (the good-looking-one).


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