When it comes to Christian Cinema, no one does it better than the Kendrick Brothers.
After movies such as Facing the Giants (2006), Fireproof (2008), and Courageous (2011), they have made movies that have improved overtime with the quality of the filmmaking. While the message of the film is truly the most important thing, they supply us with filmmaking that is truly underrated.
Directed by Alex Kendrick (who also has a cameo, along with his brother Stephen), it tells the story of the Jordan family. The father is Tony (T.C. Stallings), a workaholic who believes his wife Elizabeth (Priscilla C. Shirer) is wasting “his” money (not theirs, but his) on her sister who married a lazy man. Tony also does not seem to have much time for his 10-year-old daughter Danielle (Alena Pitts).
Later on, Elizabeth (who works in realty) meets Miss Clara (Karen Abercrombie) who begins to tell her the true way to fight. The scenes with Abercrombie as Miss Clara are the ones you will be remembering the most when you leave the theater. She steals the show.
Last year, I had to defend my stance against another Christian film that I did not like: God’s Not Dead. That movie, I felt, tried too hard to drive the point home, with way too many characters and plots. This film keeps it simple, with some supporting characters that actually support and don’t try to take away from the main story.
Parents, it is a christian film, so it really is ok for any age group (if you have daughters, they will love the ending scene of the film, I guarantee it). The film does have its flaws (the scene in the parking garage seemed well-intentioned, but totally superfluous), and it does seem to go a little long. Still, it is one of the best christian flicks I have seen in quite some time.
(I even seemed to think of redoing my own closet when I got home.)
Overall: Four Stars ****