Digging for Fire

Jake Johnson’s character in Digging for Fire. Ballin’ out in a full Adidas track suit
smokin’ the ganja. Typical. Photo Courtesy: Garrett Motion Pictures

By Taylor C. Berrier

The reality faced in Digging for Fire is that of something very surreal and yet full of harsh truths that we as society have come to expect out of bonds we forge with other human beings.

Are you content with the way things are? If so, then good. But if you aren’t, you might be able to find the answer as to why within the story and characters in Digging for Fire. It’s certainly a more rational source of answers than the Ashley Madison website.

Behold the average married couple in the early stages of metamorphosis. Early to mid-thirties, caught up in trying to pick the best school for their kid, and whose focus is skewed by the occasional distraction or escape from real life. These are roles Jake Johnson (New Girl, Let’s Be Cops, Jurassic World) and Rosemarie Dewitt (Mad Men, The Watch, Poltergeist) have taken in full swing and somewhat have broken away from their normal personas usually seen in their stereo-casted characters. Much like if the world threw them together in real life and forced them to wed, the characters they portray in Digging for Fire are confronted with internal struggles of commitment and personal self-worth to the point where difficult decisions reveal themselves none too abruptly.

What are they digging for? They grab the shovels and immediately begin excavating not only the soul, but life in general. Do they scratch the surface or do they uncover buried treasure? This choice has been left up to the viewer to decide and in the process has revealed some deep hidden feelings of its audience by doing so.

Digging for Fire has some great cameo appearances. Ron Livingston, Sam Rockwell, Mike Birbiglia, Orlando Bloom, and Anna Kendrick are the big ones to keep an eye out for. They all add to the underlying drama that takes place between the two lovers and provides fuel for the metaphorical fire that suspensefully draws you in as the story unfolds.

The tight-knit closure wraps up Digging for Fire just a little too well for my taste, but there’s something to be said about the defined and redefined borders set in place by the excellent writing, directing, and acting found in the film. Overall, Digging for Fire is an enjoyable adventure into stranger’s lives and uncovers the dark and light sides of a modern marital relationship commonly seen in Hollywood culture.

You can check out Digging for Fire in theaters across the nation this weekend. Check out the official trailer below: