- Posted October 13, 2008 by
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"Fireproof" is on fire!... very good movie
This is another great flick put out by the Kendrick brothers through Sherwood Pictures. My husband and I just saw it last night and were very moved. We own their prior two releases, "Flywheel" and "Facing the Giants", but always want to judge their next on it's own merits. If we are being honest from a critical standpoint, we felt it started off a little forced or scripted in the first few scenes. We kind of looked at each other and said this may be a little on the cheesy side. But, shortly after, the film got in it's groove and we were hooked. From an overall standpoint, you can definitely see the growth and improvement with each movie the Kendricks' have put out. They are really beginning to hone in on their respective talents in putting these movies together. I can see them rivaling against the Tyler Perry series with respect to quality movies with a message.
As far as storyline, they were right on the money with the challenges of marriage. Just last year with only 4 1/2 years of marriage under our belt, my husband was diagnosed with brain and spinal cancer. I can tell you the strains that a cancer battle puts on a marriage, especially a young couple in their twenties, is unimaginable. And I can understand why many times the healthy spouse gets so overwhelmed that they need out. It is extremely difficult to watch your loved one in pain and you get in your head how unfair life has become for you as well. You then question why you must continue to endure this and think how easy it would be to say "no more". Cancer can easily trigger this thought process as can many other ordeals. The poison is how much you allow your heart and mind to entertain those thoughts. Needless to say we could relate to the movie with regard to the time, energy and pain involved in sticking it out when "for better or worse" hits. Fortunately, we have made it through our own ordeal, and with the grace and love of God in the middle of our marriage, have grown even closer as a result.
Anyways, this isn't meant to be about our ordeal. I can say with certainty that this movie hits the mark with it's message, and the caliber of production, I feel, was on par with many other Hollywood counterparts. You get laughs, you get cries and you leave entertained. Keep up the Lord's good work Kendrick brothers!
- Fireproofed in L.A.