Fire of Love

Maurice and Katia Krafft’s volcanic escapades make your average date night look like a snoozefest at the local library’s rock collection.

Thanks to Steve Prokopy of 3rd Coast Review for being the first to put this on my radar.

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  • My Rating: 92/100
  • IMDB Rating: 7.6/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Ratings: 88/100 (Users); 99/100 (Critics)

Release Date: January 20, 2022 (Sundance) and July 6, 2022 (United States)

Review of “Fire of Love”

Alright, volcano enthusiasts and thrill-seekers, strap on your heat-resistant boots.

It’s “Fire of Love” – the hottest documentary since that time I accidentally touched my car’s steering wheel in August.

Picture this: Maurice and Katia Krafft, the Bonnie and Clyde of volcanology, if Bonnie and Clyde swapped out their guns for seismographs and their getaway car for a beat-up Land Rover. These two lovebirds spent their honeymoon phase getting cozy with lava flows and pyroclastic clouds. Talk about a spicy relationship!

Director Sara Dosa serves up a visual feast hotter than a freshly erupted lava cake. She’s pieced together a treasure trove of archival footage that’ll make your vacation slides look like a trip to the DMV. We’re talking close-ups of bubbling magma, explosive eruptions, and enough billowing smoke to make a vape shop jealous.

But it’s not all just geology porn, folks. This doc dives deep into the Kraffts’ obsession faster than Maurice could say “Look, honey, an active stratovolcano!”

We get to see these two science rockstars (pun absolutely intended) risk their lives time and again for the sake of understanding Earth’s fiery temper tantrums.

The narration by Miranda July adds a touch of whimsy to the proceedings, like a gentle breeze over a landscape of molten rock. It’s the perfect counterpoint to the raw power on display, reminding us that even in the face of nature’s fury, there’s room for poetry.

Now, I know what you’re thinking – “Jason, isn’t this just ‘Twister’ but with less flying cows and more actual science?” And you’d be right, but also so, so wrong.

This isn’t Hollywood CGI, folks. This is the real deal, captured on film by two people who loved volcanoes almost as much as they loved each other.

The doc doesn’t shy away from the dangers of their chosen profession either. It’s like watching a high-stakes game of “The Floor is Lava,” except the floor is actually lava and the players are two French scientists with a death wish and a camera.

So, whether you’re a geology nerd, a romance junkie, or just someone who appreciates a good story about following your passions (even if those passions might literally melt your face off), “Fire of Love” is the documentary for you.

Watch it, then maybe call your significant other and suggest a nice, safe trip to the beach. Because after seeing what Maurice and Katia were up to, your idea of a “hot date” might need some serious recalibration.

Thanks for reading!

Rob Kelly, Chief Maniac, Daily Doc