An interesting Entertainment Weekly article from Whitney Pastorek that gives some more insight on a couple things some of us have been discussing about The X-Files. Chris Carter basically says that the point of the film became the Mulder-Scully relationship.
Spotnitz gets the obfuscation gold star for at one point actually answering a question with, ''Well, the truth, the truth. It's out there. What is the truth?'' Luckily, he expands. ''I think the truth is in Mulder and Scully, these two opposites coming together,'' he says. ''This could be the last time we ever visit this world, and we wanted to say something fundamental about it.''
In the absence of aliens and conspiracies and brain-crushing mythology, The X-Files: I Want to Believe simply comes down to the joy of watching Mulder and Scully together again. We've been given one more chance to revel in the depth of these characters and their commitment to one another. Along with a lesson in patience, that's what Carter was going for all along. ''I want you to take that relationship and imagine it could be real,'' he says, and he admits something I've always secretly suspected: ''Maybe I'm the original shipper.''
I think both quotes point to the primacy of the relationship in the film. Interesting final quote by Carter, as well. I didn't know this until this past week, but "shipper" is the term for X-Files fans who think that Mulder and Scully should be romantically involved. It's a big point of bloodbath among X-Files fans. Apparently, I was a gradualist shipper all along. Apparently, so was Carter.
One last description of the movie: It's a supernatural Nick and Nora adventure re-imagined by Michelangelo Antonioni and/or Ingmar Bergman, but with a happier ending. Nick and Nora for the bantering couple (or usually so with M&S), with an idle retired investigator, supported by a wealthy spouse, brought back into the job for one case. Antonioni, I've touched on in other posts. Bergman for his metaphysical uncertainties, along with things like the dead child.