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Beautiful closure to the relationship arc
With IWTB, CC & co. has brought closure to one of two arcs left dangling at the end of the series in a way that is at once unsentimental and deeply moving. This is a film clearly written for the shippers, with Scully squarely at the emotional center of the story (and GA's performance is nothing short of luminous). The Mulder-Scully relationship is one of the greatest ever written in TV history, and I think CC has taken it as far as it can go in this film without risking reducing it to sentimental superficiality.
In a very real sense, IWTB's appeal is necessarily limited: it won't possibly satisfy fans of the myth arc, and I can't imagine people with little or limited XF background can fully appreciate the richness of the Mulder and Scully characters as depicted in the film. Knowledge of their backstory is indispensable.
Some people have found the subplot of Scully's attempt to save the little boy's life superfluous and distracting, but I regard it as essential as a powerful and dramatically coherent vehicle for delivering the basic message of the film ("don't give up on your belief"). The final hospital scene in which Scully ultimately decides to go through with the operation on the boy provides, I believe, not only absolution for Father Joe's sins, but also redemption for Scully herself as her commitment to finding the truth begins to waver in the face of ever-present darkness.
When the series ended, Mulder and Scully were on the move, in the dark and full of uncertainty. In the intervening years, I have often thought about them, wondering what would have befallen these two characters in whom I have made a huge emotional investment through 7+ glorious years. When this film ended, we find Mulder and Scully again on the move, but this time in bright sunshine rowing in an azure sea towards what seems like an island paradise. For me, their final wave towards the sky almost renders the question of another possible XF sequel largely irrelevant.