It’s tough to review this film like a traditional film. I always believe that movies should be judged partially on how well they reach their target audience. You can’t compare a slapstick comedy to a historical epic. So in some sense, you have to realize that this film was designed to teach a lesson and help out married Christians. That’s a specific, niche audience, but when you put it into context, I think the film succeeds with what it’s trying to accomplish.
However, that doesn’t change the fact the film is essentially an after school special. The production is on a tight budget and the acting will make you cringe in your seat. Each plot point is wrapped around a Biblical verse or a Christian lesson, so the driving factor in the film isn’t their marriage or him fighting fires, it’s the goal of preaching Christian values. I think they would have done better telling a story first, that just happened to have wholesome, Christian values. Sometimes Christian based films beat you over the head with what they’re trying to say and a little subtlety would go a long way, especially if you want the message to transcend religions.
The movie was billed as “the #1 inspirational movie in America”. I don’t know if I’d call it inspirational, but I do think that it will make married couples think about their relationship and how they treat one another. Even non-Christians want a happy and successful marriage (otherwise, why get married?) and any film that will encourage couples to communicate and work out their problems is okay in my book.
Deleted Scenes (15:09): I was expecting the worst, but these weren’t actually that bad. They’re more of the same, but I’d put them on the same level with what was in the film. I think all of them could have been in the film without the film missing a beat.
Firegoofs/Jokes and Pranks (7:42): This is probably the highlight of the DVD and we actually get a glimpse of Michael Seaver. It runs a little long, but if you sat through the movie, you might as well watch this to get a few laughs.
Fireproof: Behind the Scenes (22:50): This is your basic behind the scenes featurette with a religious twist. Well, not really a twist, but the featurette is all about the religion and how much it played a part in the film. It made the film look like church camp.
Marriage Matters (7:23): Marriage is obviously the focus of the film and this featurette looks at why they chose to make a film about marriage and their views on the subject. It has a lot of movie scenes and doesn’t focus a whole lot on the film.
Fireproof in 60 (1:34): This is what it says it is; the entire film in 60 seconds, with an intro by the director.
Wayne on Wayne (3:21): One of the characters in the film jokes about his supporting cast in a mock-interview. He was pretty good in the film and is moderately funny here.
Love Dare Promo (5:50): The Love Dare book was a big feature in the film and this featurette tries to get you to buy that very book. I think if you watch the film and get a lot out of it, you’ll probably want the book.
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