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.
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.
What’s your favorite family movie?