The Woodcarver Movie Review and a Giveaway!

Frustrated and hurt by his parents’ decision to separate, fifteen-year-old Matthew takes his anger out on the church where he learned to pray. Along with breaking stained glass windows and spraying graffiti, he wrecks the exterior handcrafted woodwork.

With the forty-year-old woodwork on the building destroyed and additional needs for the new Sunday School, the pastor calls on the original woodcarver, Ernest, to make all the new woodwork. Ernest’s reluctance is dispelled when Matthew’s dad, partner in the construction company building the new Sunday School, tries to negotiate a buyout of Ernest’s contract.

Matthew is assigned to help repair his damage, and in the process, is drawn to Ernest and his craft that’s thousands of years old.

My Thoughts

I liked the movie. Nothing stellar or completely unexpected, just a clean, family movie that wasn’t ashamed to demonstrate the teachings of Jesus Christ. WWJD? is the driving force behind the message and ultimate ending. I didn’t totally agree with the resolution of Matthew “needing space” but they made it work for the most part in the story.

A slight word of caution to parents with younger children: there’s realistic arguing (yelling) shown between the parents that might be disturbing, but sadly, that’s what many kids deal with on a regular basis. Also, there’s a quick action near the end that might frighten them because it’s unexpected (trying to avoid spoilers, but just want to give a heads up to parents)

All and all The Woodcarver is a good choice for family movie nights.


And now the DVD giveaway! I’m trying a new gadget to handle this for me. Basically, you have three options to enter: tweet this post, “Like” my facebook fan page, or leave a comment telling about your favorite Christmas movie. Or do all three! Be sure to click the “I Did This!” box to be entered. Winner announced next Monday.

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What’s your favorite family movie?

For Him,

Sarah Elisabeth


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Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer is an award-winning inspirational author, speaker and Choctaw storyteller of traditional and fictional tales based on the lives of her people. Get a free e-copy of her first book, "Touch My Tears: Tales from the Trail of Tears": Free e-book

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11 comments on “The Woodcarver Movie Review and a Giveaway!
  1. Thanks for another great review! It’s so great to hear about movies that I wouldn’t otherwise know about. hugs
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  2. Phillip Smith says:

    thanks for the review. I’ll look for it. I always enjoy Mr. Ratzenberger’s work.

    • Sarah Elisabeth says:

      John Ratzenberger was definitely the star of the movie. I also loved his part in the movie What If? Have you seen that one, Phillip?

      • Phillip Smith says:

        I not only have seen it, I own it. I’ve watched it several times as well as the behind the scenes extras. I really like the fact that Cliff Clavin punches out Captain Dylan Hunt/Hercules twice. I have to admit that I was surprised to see Kevin Sorbo do such a good job playing that part. I probably shouldn’t have, but I was. Ratzenberger is so at ease in “What If”, very believable. I know that there are a lot of faith based films out there and I haven’t seen a fraction of them, but “What If” ranks up there as one of the better ones.

        • Sarah Elisabeth says:

          Agreed. It was nothing like I expected. Ending was perfect!

        • Phillip Smith says:

          Yes. Sorbo in the hospital with the dying man was incredibly believable. He and Ratzenberger worked well together as did he and Kristy Swanson. Dallas Jenkins put together a really great cast for this.

  3. Sandi Coughlin says:

    My favorite Christmas movie is It’s a Wonderful Life. I love at the end when everyone gets together to help George and his family.

    • Sarah Elisabeth says:

      haha, like I said, I’m still trying to figure this rafflecopter thing out. I didn’t realize I needed to change the blog post “question”, but oh well. You did it perfect and have two entries, Sandi!

      And yes, It’s a Wonderful Life is my all time favorite Christmas movie. I think I’ve watched it every year of my life! lol

  4. Camie Miller says:

    Didn’t know you had this website. I like it. Thanks for the review!! Don’t know if I am doing this right!! Guess I will see in a moment. LOL

    • Sarah Elisabeth says:

      Hey Ms. Camie, glad you found my site! 🙂

      Yep, you did everything right and are entered for the drawing.

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