Sunday, September 28, 2008


Our family enjoyed seeing Flywheel, the first film from Sherwood Pictures a few years ago, borrowing it from a friend who had a relative who had been in the movie. The story was great, and the film was greatly enjoyed and re-watched a few times over the years. When Facing the Giants came out, I went the opening night and saw it multiple times after, once more in theaters and many times on DVD. Again, it was a wonderful story with a powerful message. As soon as I heard about Fireproof many months ago, I was really excited, and couldn't wait to go see it. I wasn't disappointed - the films from Sherwood Pictures have just gotten better as time goes on!

As the date - September 26th - for the release of Fireproof grew closer, I was a bit chagrined to realize that I'd be at college when it came out, and wouldn't have the opportunity to see it with my family. But, I invited a friend to go along with me last night, and we had a wonderful time!

I don't want to go into too much detail and therefore spoil the movie for anyone, but I will say the film is touching, romantic, hilarious, and suspenseful, and all done in a very tasteful and God-honoring way. It deals with hard issues - divorce, "trash online", and temptations to be unfaithful in marriage, but it is dealt with without showing things in detail. How refreshing to be able to leave the movie theater feeling in no way defiled by what was shown onscreen. And, a testament to how the filmmakers and actors honored God is in the way they showed the romantic scene in which Caleb and Catherine finally reconcile, and the characters kiss. However, Kirk Cameron, who plays Caleb has made a commitment to never kiss anyone besides his real wife, even as an actor in movies. (There's a great report and video to watch here about that.) So, in order to preserve the sanctity of marriage, the scene where they kiss is shot in silhouette, and Kirk Cameron's real wife is dressed like the actress that plays Catherine, so that Kirk Cameron is actually kissing his real wife. It's touching and inspiring to see how he has stood firm through 17 years of marriage and show business!

In this world where divorce and marital infidelity are rampant, this movie is especially needed. It presents a refreshing view of someone who doesn't just throw in the towel and call it quits when things get hard. Through the counsel of his dad and a book called "The Love Dare," Caleb works to win back the heart of his wife and gain her respect. In the process, he finds the Lord and learns that in order to really love his wife, He must first love God. The movie also presents a realistic view of marriage. In most films, if a husband and wife gets back together, it's usually an overnight, suddenly-we're-in-love-again moment. Fireproof, however, shows the hardships, as Caleb's efforts are rejected again and again by his wife. Ultimately, when he has done all that he can do, he has to leave it in God's hands, and wait for His timing.

You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll be in suspense, you'll feel inspired. I highly recommend that you go and see Fireproof! Because of the content involved, though it doesn't show things, it does deal with hard issues, parents should use their discretion about showing it to children. I probably wouldn't recommend it to those under 12 or 13. (Plugged in Online has a great review, though it may spoil some things if you read it before you see it!)

This movie has the potential to change lives and turn marriages around. The money spent on a ticket and the time spent watching this movie is definitely worth it!



Ella said...

I really want to see Fireprrof, though I probably won't until it comes out on video....or at least the cheap theatre. And I loved that Kirk Cameron kissed his real wife!! Definitely not typical Hollywood!

I bet this one is even better than the others. So far, I like "Facing the Giants" more than "Flywheel."

Anonymous said...

I'll keep an eye out for it! I did like Facing the Giants when I saw it last year.


Luke and Michele said...

I want to see it!! It looks so good. I saw Kirk Cameron interviewed on a morning news show. He did such a good job being a witness for Christ. Glad to know there are some real Christian actors out there!
love you,
p.s. thanks for the b-day card and note. It was very encouraging!

Elisa said...

My family and I went to see Fireproof (1 1/2 hours away) this evening. It was great! The best movie I've seen since Facing the Giants.
We recognized a lot of the same actors.

PoetLady said...

We saw it Friday night.

In case you are interested, The Love Dare is now a printed book, we saw it at Sam's.

Love ya,


Missy said...

Fireproof is a great movie! My sons want to invite their friends and go again. They said they learned a lot from the movie. For example, when they get married, they want to do "The Love Dare" entries for their wives BEFORE they ever have issues in their marriages.

Joanna said...

Anna, I just wanted to let you know that I appreciate your posting about Fireproof. It is a movie that I have been waiting for for quite a long time and to know that a fellow sister saw it and thought it was worth while, was very encouraging.

Also, I am so grateful for the link about Kirk Cameron only kissing his wife.

Miriam Rebekah said...

I really want to see it. I've been waiting ever since I found out the release date.
Our choir went as a group on Friday, but I opted not to go since I don't like watching movies in group settings. I prefer (especially if I'm paying to go the theater) to be able to pay attention to the movie. Knowing my choir as I do, I wasn't exactly sure what it would be like.

I'm hoping to go with somebody soon.

Darelina said...

I so can't wait to watch the movie!!! Thanks for sharing the article about Kirk's committment to only kiss his wife on (and off) screen. That's really cool! :)

Anna Naomi said...

Ella: They do seem to have gotten better! I hope you get to see it!

Mara Pauline: Definitely see it if you get the opportunity!

Michele: I saw a video online of Kirk Cameron getting interviewed on a news show, and it was really a witness! The ladies interviewing him were saying how wonderful it was that he was committed to his wife, and valued her affirmation above anyone else. Glad you enjoyed the birthday things!

Elisa: Yes, I had fun picking out some of the same actors as well!

Maria: I heard that The Love Dare had been made into a book, and there were 300,000 or so pre-orders of it! Pretty neat!

Missy: That is a great idea! Yes, as one not yet married, when the time come, I want to go into marriage already committed to working through things.

Joanna: I hope you enjoy seeing it! I'm glad this review helped.

Miriam: I hope you can see it soon! Yes, I definitely understand not seeing it with a big group such as the choir! ;-) I went with one friend, and that was a lot of fun. We could whisper small comments to each other, but not be distracting.

Darelina: When I stumbled upon the article, I was really excited! It's great to see examples like his.

Scott Family said...

We just watched Flywheel last night! What a great movie! We also loved Facing the Giants.