Friday, March 9, 2012

The Woodcarver DVD with John Ratzenberger - Review and Giveaway

I had the opportunity to review another addition to the ever growing, faith-based films, The Woodcarver.

Matthew Stevenson is a troubled kid from a broken home. When he vandalizes the local church to get back at his parents, Matthew has to repair the damage to the church to avoid criminal charges. While working at the church, he meets Ernest (John Ratzenberger), an accomplished wood carver who created the intricate woodwork decoration that Matthew destroyed. Ernest has become something of a hermit, but reluctantly comes out of reclusion to help repair the church. Now Ernest and Matthew must 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.

Obviously, the family problems are important to the movie's
theme, but I think the point could easily have been made with less stress to the viewer. I thought too much time was spent on the Stevensons' arguing (that kind of stuff drives me crazy and made me anxious while watching). However, Ernest helped tone the overall tension down with his quiet, matter-of-fact manner. I enjoyed the woodworking scenes and Ratzenberger is a natural in his part. 

Ernest takes young Matthew under his wing and begins by teaching him 'WWJD' to think about his actions before doing them. WWJD has been overused and abused in the last several years, but I still think it's a wonderfully legitimate question to ask yourself in any situation. What would Jesus do?

Ending somewhat predictably, Ernest's faith helps each troubled family member look at his own selfishness and come back together as a unit where faith and family are more important than money and things.

You can buy your own copy HERE and watch a preview of the movie below:

One of my readers will WIN a copy of The Woodcarver, courtesy of Angie from Propeller Marketing. Enter using the rafflecopter form below!

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Thank you to Angie from Propeller for sending me a copy to review and give away!

Also reviewed on Amazon and Christianbook.

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