"Stop it. Stop trying to make me cry!"
That was Travis' response to Fireproof, a Christian film coming to theaters September 26. The movie, produced by the same church that made Facing the Giants, introduces fireman Caleb (Kirk Cameron), who is a hero to everyone but his wife. As an explicitly evangelistic film, Fireproof sets up Caleb's floundering marriage as the perfect contrast to God's unwavering love.
So, getting back to Travis and crying, my thoughts exactly.
I went to the film with a popcorn bag full of prejudices, fully expecting to witness the cheesiest, low-budget Christian flick, and come away patting myself on the back for my high taste in quality film. I left with my fair share of tears, and more questions than I had answers.
Like, what makes a good story?
Let's see. For one, empathetic characters. Fireproof had plenty of those, hence the sniffles. Two, irony. The film got that down too, with a guy who can rescue everything except his marriage. Three, ambiguity. That's where, I think, the film stumbled.