How did we go from “Straight Outta Compton” to the “War Room”?
In one weekend, the top movie at the box office went from one that glorifies sex and violence to one that glorifies traditional marriage and God. These movies — the one that tells the history of the rap group NWA and the other that tells the story of the religious journey of a woman to save her marriage — surely represent the ideals competing for the hearts and minds of Americans. Particularly African-Americans.
While there are plenty of people who went to see “Straight Outta Compton” who have no interest in pursuing a life of thuggery, there are few people who went to see “War Room” unless they were Christian, interested in becoming Christian, or dreaming of a happy marriage and family life.
“War Room” is, after all, a terrible movie. It’s more like sitting through a two-hour sermon — the other audience members in the theater with me periodically shouted “Hallelujah!” But it’s also a relatively accurate depiction of how marriages fall apart and institutions that have the power to save them.