Hell and Mr. Fudge is one man’s struggle to do what’s right and stand with his convictions no matter the cost. You wouldn’t think that a true story about a preacher studying about Hell could be that entertaining, and yet the way writer Donald Davenport presents it, it’s not dry or dull in the least. It’s fast paced and fun, with characters you can connect with. Even though it’s not considered a romance, I loved the way Edward and Sara Fay’s relationship is introduced and followed through, how she was attracted by his integrity and outspokeness and how she stands by him and supports him in the face of persecution. It’s a beautiful story of a wife loving her husband and being there for him, encouraging him to follow God no matter what.
Immediately from the opening credits, it was obvious that this movie was going to be entertaining. It took me a bit before I figured out why it was switching from color to black and white, and exactly what was going on, but once I caught on, I loved it. The filmmakers were obviously influenced by Citizen Kane, both in writing style and cinematography. The back and forth interviews. The dramatic lighting. The framing in the shots. Even the search for meaning. It’s all brilliantly done.
The acting is top notch, especially Mackenzie Astin and Keri Lyn Pratt. This is a big cast without a single weak link. Each and every actor pulled off their role convincingly. Wardrobe and makeup did a fabulous job with each time period as well as aging the actors as needed. The sets are beautiful, and the camera work and editing bring out the story.
I’m excited about the impact this movie can have on lives. I know for me, it made me want to pull out my Bible and do my own research to see for myself if all that he said was true. I hope that Hell and Mr. Fudge creates in other people a desire to study scripture and the strength to stand firm despite adversity.