The Heart of Christmas (2011 TV Movie)
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The Heart of Christmas is a 2011 American Christian drama feature film directed by Gary Wheeler. It stars Candace Cameron Bure, Erin Bethea, Jeanne Neilson, Eric Jay Beck, George Newbern and Matthew West in his film debut. It is based on a true story. It involves a woman's encounter with a family caring for a child with acute leukemia and how it transforms her faith and her attitude about her own family.
Megan Walsh is a successful businesswoman who does not seem to have enough time for her husband and two children. While taking her children trick-or-treating during Halloween, she encounters a confusing situation in which many families are decorating for Christmas (which is nearly two months away). Their explanation is that they are trying to provide one last Christmas for Dax Locke, a toddler in their neighborhood who is dying of a rare form of leukemia. Curious, Megan reads Dax's mother Julie's blog and learns about the Lockes' journey. Inspired, Megan examines her own life and priorities
This family theme film is well made and I enjoyed the film. ***SPOILERS Ahead***. In this film a family is doing everything it can save their child from dying of leukemia. They spend months and months at St Joseph but the child loses his fight.
Now I loved the way they did this film. It was a different approach and that we see the film through the eyes of a person who is reading a blog about the family dealing with a child with cancer.
If you lost a child please don't watch this. The ending is uplifting however it is still "A True Story" and my heart just breaks when I think of this film.
This film is very good! Its just that watching not only a child suffering but watching a family feeling hopeless is also very hard. If you don't cry watching this film then you are not human.
While i feel the acting is good and draws the viewer in for an emotional movie experience, it seems like the screenplay was written for just that purpose. The writers create an emotional roller coaster where the only option is to donate money to St. Jude. The movie follows a family's struggle with a terminally ill child, but with frequent references to the St. Jude hospital's staff and general medical care it's hard to get lost in the plot. Next time i'd rather just watch their late night infomercials and skip the movie part of it. Not my ideal movie watching experience.