I have two “deep” criticisms of fireproof that I want to make on this blog at some point. So first I thought I would say how much I liked it. Before anything else, if you haven’t read Doug’s post, you should.
My own thoughts:
First off, I thought the tie between boats and pornography was amazingly insightful (I’m not making a general association here; if you saw the movie you know what I mean and if you haven’t then nothing is spoiled for you). And the vivid way the husband repented was great too. While self-control is essential, finding satisfaction in what one has so that one isn’t as restless is incredibly important as well. I was really impressed with the way the movie portrayed this.
Secondly (and more importantly, so these are not really in any order), I understand the movie was made in Albany by a church there. Well, I have some small but reliable knowledge of what Albany was like during the sixties, and that means that the race relations portrayed exemplified in that movie, and I assume present among the actors and film crew, are more of a miracle than the marital reconciliation portrayed in the movie. The Obama Administration (assuming for the sake of argument it even aims to go in the same direction) has nothing on the churches of Albany, Georgia.
Third, the excitement and peril was quite riveting. Nothing surprising but it genuinely had me on the edge of my seat (I was there literally too, if you must know).
Fourth, I thought the way the group participated in saving the person in the car was an amazing rebuke to the husband’s arrogance that he could take care of himself. But I don’t know if that was intentional or not.
Fifth (and sixth) portrayals of stupid blind husband and grudge-holding, idiot wife were both painfully perfect.
Seventh, the comedy was outstanding. No grim moralists here.
OK, lovefest over. Next post(s) on this topic will be scathing attack. So at least you can be assured that I am really the one writing this stuff.