Thursday, October 23, 2008

Raging Fires

I highly recommend the movie Fireproof. Sola and I went to see it on Tuesday. In my estimation it's the best made and best written Christian themed movie out there (besides the Passion of The Christ). The dialog was powerful, witty, thought provoking... it had just the right amount of humor to break the tension brewing between the main characters. At different points in the movie I caught myself holding my breath in anticipation of the impending 'explosion,' then they'd interject some unexpected and sometimes subtle levity. For example, the scene where the husband has made a romantic dinner for his wife and she literally walks past him, while obviously painful, is comical because of his expression. While some of the acting was B-rate, for the most part the movie was very well cast (I particularly loved the character of the 'rookie' fireman). The scenes were well shot, and, to be honest, it was good enough to have been made by a major motion picture company. Best of all though was the incredibly powerful message underlying the story.

I particularly loved the role played by Kirk Cameron's characters parents. It sends a strong and emphatic message that God often uses parents to 'save' their children from themselves, even when the kids don't know it. There are so many sermons hidden in the myriad lessons, so I really encourage you to take your spouse on a date to the movies. And if you're not married...? What the heck, go anyway. It can't hurt, and in fact, might prepare you to be a better spouse if you're hoping or planning to get married. Oh, one last thing. Since the whole premise of the movie was to honor godly marriages, Kirk Cameron's wife was flown in specifically to do the scene where he kisses his on screen wife. So instead of kissing his onscreen wife, he actually kisses his real wife. I love it! I applaud Kirk Cameron's decision to eschew the big money of Hollywood so that he only does movies that are morally and ethically in keeping with his world view, but that's another blog for another time. Well, what are you still doing sitting there? Go see the movie already!!!

6 comments:

Hope said...

Sounds like I'll have to wait for it to come to Ottawa. :)

Joseph said...

Hope, you won't regret seeing it, I promise you!

~*Lisa*~ said...

I have been lurking around your blog for a few weeks now! Hubby and I went to see the movie last night and I have to say it stirred things inside of me that only this movie could have! I believe that every couple who is about to get married and go into marriage counseling should be given a copy of this movie and the Love Dare! Hubby and I purchased it and will start it Monday night! Thank you for your boldness in all of your post! You are a voice in the wilderness, speaking from the Father's heart when nobody else will have the courage to stand up and speak the truth! Blessings
Lisa

Joseph said...

Lisa, thanks for crossing over from the 'dark' side and joining the conversation. I'm not ashamed to admit that I teared up a few times during the movie. I'm so glad you and your husband are going to be doing the "Love Dare" book. Thanks also for your very kind compliment. I am committed to speaking whatever I hear the Father say. Blessings to your household from mine.

patrick said...

I just got back from watching Fireproof... the over all message was solid for sure; it was great to see such a different-flavored movie on the regular, big screen

Joseph said...

Patrick, I couldn't agree more! Thanks for joining the conversation.