Thank you Sony Pictures for sending us this DVD to review!
The Kendrick brothers have been upping the ante with each film they have released. I have enjoyed their previous entries including Facing the Giants, Fireproof, and Courageous. While I have heard good things about War Room, I wasn’t familiar with the movie’s premise. I assumed it took place in strategy room during a major war. While I wasn’t completely off-base, this movie wasn’t what I anticipated at all and it exceeded my expectations. I think it’s safe to say that the movies from the Kendrick brothers get better with each release.
War Room begins with Clara Williams by her husband’s grave forty years after his passing. He was a decorated war strategist and was very good at his position. She realizes that war is a part of life, especially when it comes to spiritual warfare. Clara is a devout Christian and spends much of her day in her bedroom closet praying for her family and friends. While her closet is lacking clothes, its walls are covered in Bible verses and prayer requests. At first glance it does look like an old fashioned war room.
When it comes time for Clara to put her house up for sale she meets Elizabeth Jordan (played by Priscilla Shirer), a real estate agent whose marriage is falling apart. Their biggest issue is that they are putting their careers over the needs of each other and their daughter, Danielle. Their romance is gone and Danielle is growing more distant and feels neglected each day.
Clara pushes Elizabeth beyond her comfort zone and insists that she puts God at the throne of her heart and to start letting God fight her battles for her. While her marriage currently seems hopeless, nothing is impossible for God! It’s not an easy change for Elizabeth, but she perseveres even when things continue to crumble.
Without spoiling the story, I will say that there are many emotional moments and a few humorous scenes as well. I watched this film with my life group and kids. It’s family friendly and the women in the room immediately recognized Beth Moore’s cameo in the film. I recommend this movie for anyone whose prayer life can use a booster shot.
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