In all the times I caught snippets of this on television, and having watched chunks of it on mute over the course of years spent at my local bar, I still didn't realize this movie had anything to do with a serial-arsonist.
Anyway, this is a great movie for what it is. People dog on Ron Howard's directorial career, but he's got some gems in there. This is that perfect big-budget, 90s blockbuster-drama style that I love so much - the exact kind of movie you want to watch on a lazy Saturday night. It's overblown and overdramatic and I was just really in the mood for this kind of movie.
Sure, it's pretty dumb at times and definitely overlong, but the pyrotechnics are always just a scene or two away, so it's never an issue.