On August 26, The Christian Post addresses the improved quality of “War Room” (due out in theaters August 28) over earlier Kendrick brothers movies. In a private screening of “War Room,” Austin Movie Examiner has observed verbose dialogue, as in earlier Kendrick Brothers’ movies, and in “War Room” too many endings; but the quality of acting has seemed improved over earlier Kendrick Brothers’ movies. The content of earlier movies and in “War Room” by Stephen and Alex Kendrick has been inspirational and thought-provoking, but the acting in “War Room” has improved with some veteran performers. On August 26, see updates, behind-the-scene videos and more for “War Room.”
Movieguide.org gives “War Room” four out of four for content and three out of four for quality. Movieguide.org reports “WAR ROOM is spiritually and emotionally powerful. The viewer wants to cheer at the end. That said, there are some unnecessary script problems. There’s static dialogue where each character agrees with the other character instead of driving the conflict forward. There are also multiple endings. Finally, the movie’s jeopardy is not always at a level that truly rivets an audience to the storyline. Even so, the emotional power of a family struggling with the world, the flesh, the Devil, and God’s Grace makes the movie transcend its defects. Therefore, WAR ROOM is a must-see movie…”
Stephen Kendrick has written the screenplay for this movie, brothers Alex and Stephen Kendrick have directed it, and Alex has performed in it. The Kendrick Brothers have produced “War Room” with their newly formed production company, Kendrick Brothers Productions. The brothers have produced their earlier four feature films through Sherwood Pictures out of Sherwood Baptist Church ministries. Their past movies have included: Courageous (2011), Fireproof (2008), Facing the Giants (2006), and Flywheel (2003), “War Room,” as a more professional movie, has partnered with Provident Films, AFFIRM Films and TriStar Pictures to release the film with Sony Pictures distributing the movie. (The Kendrick Brothers remain as associate pastors with Sherwood Baptist Church. Their Kendrick Brothers Production of “War Room” has the blessing of the church and its pastor.)
“War Room” features New York Times bestselling author Priscilla Shirer in her film debut. Alex Kendrick appears in the film, along with T.C. Stallings (Courageous), comedian Michael Jr.,… and Karen Abercrombie. Rory Bruer, President, Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures has stated, “War Room is the ideal addition to our August slate, following in the footsteps of last year’s hit, Heaven is For Real, which had a $12 million budget and grossed more than $100 million…We are pleased to be distributing the Kendrick Brothers’ next film, which will be the perfect programming for families seeking a wholesome and inspiring Summer movie.”
In a private screening of “War Room” viewed by Austin Move Examiner, this Kendrick Brothers movie clearly has better acting than seen in earlier Sherwood Pictures with its cast of veteran African-American actors that bring quality performances to the movie. Karen Abercrombie who plays lead Aunt Clara, has had rich experience with theater, music, and film productions, Karen, who is a middle-aged actor, also has a resume with a wide range of characters that have included old-soul, wise women characters such as that of Aunt Ester Tyler in August Wilson’s “Gem of the Ocean” and Miss Leah “Flyin’ West.”
In an exclusive interview with Austin Movie Examiner, Karen has shared how she has loved performing old-soul characters with their depth and breadth of wisdom. Karen Abercrombie and the African-American cast of “War Room” bring a depth of spirit, soul, and wisdom to their quality performances in “War Room,” with its honest, vulnerable, broad but wise appeal with its focus on the power of prayer.
The professional developments with the Kendrick Brothers’ movies have also been seen with other recent independent, faith-based movies and film companies. For example, “Do You Believe,” produced by Pure Flix has many veteran actors in it who give quality performances: Sean Astin (lovable hobbit Sam Gamgee in “The Hobbit”), Lee Majors, Cybill Shepherd, Mira Sorvino (Academy Award and Golden Globe winner) and more. Since “Do You Believe” was recently released as a DVD, it has been one of the top-selling movies on DVD or Blue-Ray.
Further, Eduardo Verástegui of Metanoia Films has partnered with Mark Burnett and Roma Downey with “Little Boy” and the Spanish version of “Son of God.” “Little Boy” also has quality performances by veteran actors: Emily Watson, Kevin James, Tom Wilkinson and others.
On August 26, Christian Cinema quotes veteran actor, John Rhys-Davies (who is committed to redemptive and worthwhile films and has been promoting the faith-based movie, “Return to the Hiding Place” ), ” …We have lost our moral compass completely, and, unless we find it, we’re going to lose our civilization…” John Rhys-Davies (Gimli in “Lord of the Rings”), like other legendary and veteran actors in recent times, has given captivating performances in numerous independent, faith-based films: “Return to the Hiding Place,” “Beyond the Mask,” “Saul” and more.
Thankfully, the ongoing, developing Renaissance of artistry and Reformation of content is seen today in independent, faith-based movies as well as in redemptive movies being produced by the major Hollywood studios.