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The Woodcarver (2012)

PG | | Drama | 5 March 2012 (Canada)
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A troubled youth vandalizes a church and winds up in a close association with the woodcarver whose work he destroyed.

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Unable to cope with the squabbles of his divorcing parents, fifteen-year-old Matthew Stevenson takes it out on his church. The old and godly widower whose woodcarvings Matthew trashed takes in the kid as a worker to help repair the damage, which also provides Matthew a quiet harbor in which to consider WWJD (What would Jesus do?). That phrase gets back to and influences his parents as well, and the family that was once disintegrating after turned from God mends. Written by statmanjeff

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Rita Stevenson: What you need to do, young man, is to come home and be with your family.
Matthew Stevenson: What family, Mom?
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Not Propaganda or Blatant Rip-Off, no Movie is Truly Original or without an Agenda.
23 November 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As someone who watches a lot of movies, I can attest that all movies recycle plot points, with or without seeing other films. As the Bible says "There is nothing new under the son." Personally, I only ask that a film be entertaining or thought-provoking, or both.

This is definitely not a groundbreaking film and has it's share of flaws, but most Christian-themed films goals are often not very lofty in their goals. They seek to impart Biblical principles and maybe encourage you to be a stronger Christian. I have not watched many Christian films that have succeeded well in either of those departments, even if they are entertaining, but I could say the same thing about any genre of films. I used to be a horror film addict, and the vast majority of them are not scary or gross, just boring and dumb. Same goes for romance films, most of them are not the least bit romantic, yet, there they are anyway.

The film's acting is not great, other than John Ratzenberger, he is miles ahead of everyone else, which only intensify everyone else' shortcomings, and almost drags him down, not that the others are bad, but they are just not as natural. The wood in this film is almost a character unto itself, and it is very beautiful to look at, it certainly helps prop up some of the acting failings.

The script is pretty weak, and it is filled with platitudes and not enough real conversations, in real life, people would have either dug a bit deeper or stormed off at the "WWJD" comments. This is definitely a weakness in the WWJD series as a whole, and a weakness with many of the Christian movies that come out. Some more fully realized characters would be a blessing. I disagree that someone has to be traditionally flawed, but they should certainly have real struggles, as especially devout Christians have, the main character hear does, but at the same time, it could focus a little more on it. In terms of how to have a godly marriage "Fireproof" is about 200 light years ahead of this film, in terms of how to be a better parent "Courageous" or even "Grace Unplugged" do a much better job.

The production values here are at least higher than most Christian films, and the camera work is actually very well-done, with good use of close-ups on the wood and on people. It was refreshing to see a faith- based film that was doing much better with utilizing it's budget, and doesn't look as cheap as most Christian films do.

I did enjoy the movie, and although it isn't mind-blowlingly awesome, it is definitely above average, just a smidge. This is not a bad way to spend 90 minutes, even if you're not a Christian, but I it is definitely geared towards Christians in general.

God Bless ~Amy


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