Elizabeth Jordan, on the surface, has an ideal life—a good job, an expensive house, a husband with a high salary, and a nice daughter. However, something isn’t right, something is just missing. She can’t really seem to get along with her husband anymore, he seems distant and preoccupied with other women, and she barely knows her daughter anymore. Everything changes for Elizabeth when she meets her new realty client, Miss Clara. Miss Clara subtlety pricks into Elizabeth’s personal life just enough to make Elizabeth interested in finding out what Miss Clara’s secret to happiness is. After talking long enough, Elizabeth discovers that her life is not alright and that Miss Clara’s secret weapon is worth a try. The secret weapon? A war room, or a prayer closet. Miss Clara teaches Elizabeth to fight for herself and for her family on her knees so that God can fight for her rather than her fighting for herself. Little did they know that the battle had only begun.
Production Quality (3 points)
In the same vein as Courageous, the production quality of War Room is high. Despite this being the first Kendrick movie away from Sherwood Baptist Church, nothing in the area of production quality changed between Courageous and War Room. While there are no real action scenes in War Room, the diversity of sets is still present. The soundtrack fits into the film neatly. The editing and the production give the movie a close to home feel, which seems to be what the creators were going for. In short, this is business as usual for the Kendricks.
Plot and Storyline Quality (2.5 points)
The plot of War Room follows a typical non-linear Kendrick plot with minor twists and turns—one that defies conventional plot structure. There are no plot holes or dull scenes. Comedy and references to previous movies are sprinkled throughout. The flawed and believable characters are developed well through solid dialogue. The one caveat in this section is that the end is partially predictable and some parts seem to meander longer than they should. But this is really a very minor issue that does not damage the overall purpose of the movie, which is driven home nicely.
Acting Quality (3 points)
In the first movie away from the Sherwood acting pool, there are no concerns here. The actors behave just as all actors do under the tutelage of a Kendrick movie crew. The delivery of lines is solid and the emotions are believable. This type of movie is heavily dependent on the acting quality, and they did not disappoint. A continued under-appreciated aspect of Kendrick films is their commitment to diversity of casting. This is huge, since Christian movies should be better than mainstream movies.
Another movie, another high rating for the Kendricks. They did not coast following the smash hit Courageous, when they could have easily taken their foot off the gas and created a mediocre movie with their name attached to it. The hiatus between the two movies shows that this is not their agenda. The Kendricks continue to dominate as the Fathers of Christian Filmmaking, earning another x-factor point for a poignant message delivered in a high quality fashion. Prayer is the most important aspect of Christian discipleship, yet it is often overlooked in Christian media. War Room brings Christians everywhere back to the basics in a respectable manner. Box Office Revolution has high expectations for future Kendrick films.
Final Rating: 9.5 out of 10 points