I want to tell you about a great movie we just reviewed as a family. As you know, we enjoy watching movies as a family. It has become, however, increasingly difficult to find movies that reflect our values and that I am comfortable with my 3yo and 4yo watching. We don’t cuss, so we don’t want to watch movies with cuss in them. We don’t do a whole lot of other stuff, and we don’t want to watch films with those things in there, either.
Needless to say, our viewing options are (self) limited. We know, however, that we can trust movies from Faith & Family Films. When we had the opportunity to review The Woodcarver, with John Ratzenberger, we readily accepted.
About the Movie:
“Matthew Stevenson is a troubled kid from a broken home, and his parents are on the verge of a divorce. He vandalizes the local church, to get back at his parents, and then has to repair the damage to the wreaked to avoid criminal charges. While working at the church, he meets Ernest (John Ratzenberger), the accomplished wood carver who created the intricate woodwork designs that Matthew had destroyed. After his wife’s death, Ernest became somewhat of a hermit. He reluctantly comes out of reclusion to help repair the church. Ernest and Matthew must now work together to preserve the church's beautiful antiquity, and along the way, they also manage to restore their faith in God and in life.”
Our take on it:
The Woodcarver is a good clean film, free of profanity or provocative scenes. It is rated PG for thematic reasons, likely because of the way the father talks to (i.e. yells at) Matthew in the beginning of the film. Can we say dysfunctional? The acting, and cinematography, was solid. The message of the film was strong, and there were a few unexpected surprises. At one point, I was certain that Ernest was going to meet his wife again by the end of the movie. We really enjoyed watching the film together as a family.
One lucky TBC reader will win The Woodcarver DVD for their own film collection.