If you are one of the thousands of people who saw Fireproof when it opened this weekend, you have already formed an opinion about it. According to Fandango, 436 out of 630 reviews netted it a Must Go status. (Update: as of 12:30pm on 9/30/08, the Fandango Must Go! reviews are 1966 out of 2288.)
Of the 16 (29 out of 2288 as of 12:30pm on 9/3/08) folks who gave it an Oh, No! rating, the few that commented mostly said that the acting was poor, the Christian message was offensive, and the firefighters never fight a fire.
I’m not a professional movie reviewer, but my husband and I, the couple we went with, and the overwhelming majority of people who were in the packed theater enjoyed it as well.
Yes, I’ve seen better acting, but the movie was nonetheless enjoyable. The message – never leave your partner – came across loud and clear, and the light moments interjected by the neighbors and the fellow firefighters were quite humorous.
It is true that there was one house fire and one car accident to which the firefighters attended, but the movie isn’t about firefighting per se. It is about holding a marriage together when only one partner has any interest in doing so.
Yes, there is an overriding Christian theme and numerous referrals to the Love Dare, but anyone who knew anything about the move beforehand knew that going in. These themes are clear in every one of the trailers and advertisements that I’ve seen for this movie.
Overall, I enjoyed the movie and will recommend it to anyone who is married or thinking about getting married. No, I will not trick them into seeing it as one angry Oh, No! reviewer noted happened to him. Evidently, his friends tried to use it as a tool to expose him to Christianity, and he was offended by that.
If you invite non-Christian friends, tell them the overriding themes of the movie. Don’t try to trick them. That will only serve to upset them and maybe turn them off even more if they are offended by the “trick.”
For those of you want to learn more about working on your marriage
- Get a free pdf of my 30 Day Wife Encouragement Challenge by emailing me at claudia @ theanniversaryshop.com (be sure to remove the spaces around @ intended to fool spammers)
- Follow the 30 Day Wife Encouragement Challenge or the 30 Day Husband Encouragement Challenge posted here regularly
- Check out some of the books that my husband and I have found useful over the years
- Get further resources from the makers and partners of Fireproof
- Attend a marriage conference (see an abbreviated list in the sidebar)
- Find a counselor in your area who can help you and your spouse work through your problems
- Seek the counsel of a trusted friend or relative
Marriage is worth fighting for – even if you are fighting for it alone.
Yours for the celebration of marriage,