While standing in line in a Christian bookstore last December, advent wreath in hand, I noticed an obscene amount of people with holding t-shirts. I passed the t-shirt display when I entered the store, but since I never wear message t-shirts (Christian or otherwise) I didn’t really pay attention to them until I was the only person in line without one. When I asked the woman in front of me (who had at least 5) what the commotion was all about, she told me the t-shirts were simply a free gift with the pre-purchase of a Fireproof, a movie that would be released on DVD in January.
I had never heard of it, and joked that either the movie was really good or the t-shirts really comfortable. She laughed, but told me the movie was good enough to change her marriage. She and her husband, after thirty or so years of marriage, were on the verge of divorce. Now things were on track and she was in the store to buy a copy of the DVD for her children, nieces, and nephews as Christmas presents. (That explained all the t-shirts she was holding!) The people with me in line agreed that it was a great movie. I wasn’t sure a movie could change your life but I bought a copy for the Mister and I for Christmas.
I finally went back to the store and picked up my copy last week. We both thought the movie was great, but there are a few things you should know. To begin with, this movie has an overtly religious theme and message. If that is not your thing, this is not your movie. Secondly, the movie was produced on donation. Kirk Cameron worked for a donation to his favorite charity, but the rest of the cast and crew were volunteers. Therefore, don’t be expecting revolutionary cinematography or academy award winning performances. These are people from church who donated their time to make a movie they believed in (and were probably also hoping to earn some SAG credits).
The best way to describe this movie is a little something I like to call the Lifetime Channel story arc. Work with me–this will all make sense in a minute. You know when you are bored and there is nothing on TV so you end up watching the Lifetime Channel? The first ten minutes you spend rolling your eyes at the acting and scratching your head at the direction and wishing someone would call you on the phone. But, somewhere around minute eleven you start to get invested. Midway through the movie you are completely immersed and can match the characters in the movie with people you know in real life. By the time you hit the last ten minutes of the movie, you have laughed, cried, and, in the end, are sad to see the movie end. That’s this movie.
So, if you are looking for something to watch today AND any other day of the year (I personally think Valentine’s Day is the most ridiculous holiday EVER) and are not opposed to a gospel message about love and marriage give this one a try.
(Here is the official movie for the trailer. Feed readers might have to click through to the site to watch.)