Wondering how many have seen the latest outreach from Sherwood Baptist Church of Atlanta, which includes Fireproof and Facing the Giants…including most of the same actors and essentially the same plot line.
I LOVE a good family movie, one with a wholesome story, moral characters who make good choices in the face of adversity, standing strong in their faith when challenged. This movie has all of those elements.
However, the movie sorta plods along like someone who took a valium. They called it “action packed”, well, it isn’t. And if you have ever attended any dramatic presentation by a Baptist congregation, you will know this story. It is a very thinly veiled cover for an evangelization pitch. The characters are introduced, do some stuff to draw you in, then something tragic happens, the main character falls to one knee at the request of another and pledges his life to Christ. He then faces a test of his new faith, passes, and then everything is hunky dory at the end of the movie.
Now, with my barbed criticism out of the way, there is alot to like about the movie. As someone who recently lost his mother, this story reinforces the very concrete notion that life is not guaranteed and you had better enjoy each moment with the people you love, because they can be taken from you at the snap of a finger. Regret for ignoring the people most important to you is one of the main reasons of adult depression and why over 10% of the population takes anti-depressant medication (that is my insert, not actually represented in the movie).
It also covers the appalling statistics of fatherless children and the CRITICAL importance of Godly fatherhood in the lives of our children. It is not just fatherlessness in which there is no father, but because of absentee fatherism in alot of homes in the country. Fathers are seriously dropping the ball. They prioritize work, their hobbies, chasing other women, in favor of setting a Godly example for their kids, especially their young sons. If we complain as a society about the lack of manliness of today’s youth, it is we men who are to blame. You cannot think that good fatherhood will happen by accident. It has to be deliberate, it has to be planned, it has to be intentional, and it MUST happen with accountability and good counsel.
I recommend all men who have children or plan to have children watch this movie. I recommend that all women either watch this with your husband or LET HIM WATCH IT FIRST. I know some women will watch this and then start expecting their husbands to change. Let me tell you, you will cause more problems that you solve. Men have got to “get it” on their own. Anyway, enough preaching. The movie is perfectly fine for kids, nothing this production company makes will offend the sensibilities of young children. They will probably ask why you keep crying during the movie, but, that’s okay. Stop it and tell them why.