Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Faith and Film

Warren Cole Smith argues "Fireproof Shouldn't be Critic-proof."

2 comments:

Dawn E said...

I haven't seen this movie, nor am I on the Fireproof bandwagon, but I must say watching 20 minutes of a movie and feeling competent to write a review of said movie seems a wee bit arrogant to me. It also seems arrogant to assume the Kendricks do not want to be able to have the funds to actually hire actors instead of rely on volunteers. Is there really a wealth of investors out there for these types of films--or a ton of talented actors wanting to star in them? Thankfully, "God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong...." Maybe with the millions the movie has generated they will be able to make the quality movie I'm sure they desire as much or more than we do.

m b redmond said...

Dawn,

I may have to disagree with you on this one. I saw about 10 minutes of one of the Left Behind movies and it was all I needed. it was horrendous and too painful to continue. Actually I would argue 20 minutes is generous to decide on the quality of the script and the acting.

Also, I am not sure I would describe his write-up a review per se. it was more of a discussion on artistic excellence. And like I said, you don't need very long to decide if the artistic elements of a movie are compelling. As a matter of fact he I do not think he made any comments about the plot, characters, etc.

You last point was of course one of his points. The thing is, they have already made millions of dollars with Facing the Giants. The fact is there are a lot of movies being made today that have no famous names and a very low budget.

To be honest, the dog I have in this fight is my desire to see Christians make good art and then not be afraid to "call it" when the artistic effort was not very good. I also have not seen the film and I am not hurrying to see it because I am afraid of that first 20 minutes...

I hope your family is well. We miss all of you terribly at Westminster.