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“Fireproof” Shouldn’t Be “Critic-Proof”

Interesting perspective in World Magazine from Warren Cole Smith on the movie Fireproof, and how critics in the religious press have given the movie such support.  Do you agree with Smith’s opinion?


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  1. Nothing should be critic proof, but I think the critics had better have good support for their position. After recently watching a series of really awful movies on Netflix (many highly rated by critics), seeing Fireproof was a breath of fresh air. I noticed a few outdoor scenes that could have had better lighting, but does that really matter? Did that take away from the message? Or did it hurt the entertainment value? I don’t think so. Instead it seems like movies with a confusing plot and no redeeming value at all get highly rated.

  2. Critics have (and give) opinions – I don't have to agree with them (and as far as movies go, I usually don't). I think a few of them are of the opion that they are to be "critical" and only point out flaws in a movie.

    Just because "they" (or anyone else for that matter) doesn't like a movie doesn't mean I wou't like.  I can make up my own mind.

  3. $16,875,765 and counting in 3 weeks for their 3rd movie with less 900 screens in the US. We as Christians should be celebrating the notable and committed efforts of our brothers who worked hard with the small resources that was available to them but yet again we seek to divide over issues that are not relevant to the overall scope of changing the cultural climate especially in regards to marriage. Even if I don’t like their movies the fact that they are achieving that level of success for the Body of Christ right there in the public marketplace for the whole world to see deserves our applause, thanks and support. Even mainstream movies have not been able to achieve what these Kendrick Brothers have done. God is raising us up but we just want to hate another because we either jealous/envious of their success or we are not humble enough to admit that hey I wish that was me but thank God someone is doing it and is finally breaking the barriers that once held us back. Shame on us Western Christians, we think we are doing the world a favour when we castigate and humiliate ourselves in the public (there is a big difference with laughing at yourself and humiliating yourself to be accepted)just so that we can be seen in a positive light by people who do not know God, are in spiritual (and eventually intellectual) darkness,are perishing, destroying this planet in the process in a bid to have their selfish ways regardless who gets hurt or has to go without for a selected few to live their lives of indulgence and decadence. If anything, now we know that a lot of what is spent on Hollywood movies is nothing but waste and on lavish lifestyles. If the truth be known [and told] a lot of those movies they spend ridiculous amounts of money could actually be made for a lot less and still turn in good profits. It’s all in the lifestyle…

  4. But I say this caution – I think we have come to accept being overly critical amongst ourselves as something right, that we don’t even think about thinking what it is doing to us as well as those we are critical about within the Body of Christ. Whereas if we could find ways to engage with each other first by dialogue; meet on a common ground and just interact and share ideas, critque what we do like and what we may not like I think more people within the Christian film-making community will be encouraged to take on these ideas. Lets face it none of us like to be criticised and told off directly without some form of validation based on a good relationship in place. We cannot take harsh critical appraisal that is common in the mainstream world and make it our standard as believers – then what is the point of being a Christian – where is the difference? Sometimes I wonder if the mainstream Christians in Hollywood who hate/despise/reject Christian films and the film-makers behind them, have ever humbled themselves and said “Hey, I am in a good position to speak to these guys let me invite a few of them for dinner and talk about what I think can help them or just listen to what they have to say” the outcome may be completely different and who knows what can happen from there. Even Jesus Christ had dinner with the Pharisees and I believe that is why a few of them believed in Him because of His willingness to come to their level as well and not just talk from afar without taking time to know them beforehand. It is important that we grow from this constant criticism but rather find ways to begin interact in these times because we need each other more than we are willing to admit and more than we know.

  5. Breaklight, you are speaking wisdom about HOW we interact with one another as Christians. The Bible tells us to ‘provoke one another to good works’ and to ‘speak the truth in love.’ There’s a difference between a stern word and a harsh word. Typically, a stern word is spoken out of concern whereas a harsh word is spoken out of a desire to see someone fall. (At least that’s how I look at it.)

    Well said, Breaklight.

    Allen Paul Weaver III
    Author, Transition: Breaking Through the Barriers

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