Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Review and Giveaway - The Woodcarver (Releases Today!)

The Woodcarver
Christian Cinema

My father-in-law is a carpenter.  He makes amazing pieces of furniture.  When I was offered the opportunity to review the new movie, The Woodcarver from Christian Cinema – I immediately thought of him.
The other thing that drew my attention to this movie was the featured actor – John Ratzenberger.  I grew up with him as a funny character on Cheers.  He has a warm place in my heart.

The Woodcarver is an endearing movie about fifteen-year-old Matthew who vandalizes a church after losing faith when his parents decide to divorce.  He’s angry at the situation and mad at God because he prayed they would stay together.

Ratzenberger’s character, Ernest, was the original carver of the wood that was destroyed during Matthew’s vandalizing.  Additionally, Ernest has been asked to carve similar pieces to go on the new Sunday school building being built.  He is reluctant because he is still mourning the loss of his wife, but does eventually decide to complete the job.

Ernest and Matthew strike up a friendship.  Their characters play well off each other.  The young man playing Matthew does an excellent job transforming from a punk kid into a conscientious apprentice to Ernest.  Ernest helps Matthew shed some of his anger, focus on school (even getting him back into high school after a suspension), and encourages Matthew to always ask himself WWJD – What Would Jesus Do? 

This is a good movie for families with older kids.  The younger children might be upset by the violent attack in the beginning and the theme of divorce that is a focal point of the movie.  Additional themes such as loss, following Jesus, marriage building and honesty are also addressed. 

Interested in seeing this movie?  I have a copy to give away to one lucky reader.  If you would like to win, simply enter the giveaway below.

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