About the Movie:
The Woodcarver DVD-(releases Tuesday, March 13th)
“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.”
The movie “The Woodcarver” starts off with a teenage boy smashing up the town’s church and spray painting the wall. His name is Matthew and he’s mad at God for his parents splitting up. The church is willing to not press charges only if they pay for the broken windows and Matthew helps out with the repair.
The church is also undergoing construction with a new Sunday school wing. The contractor(which involves Matthew’s dad) wants to use prefab products but the pastor is set on using the old Woodcarver to make the beauty of the church match throughout. The contractor tries everything he can to stop the woodcarver from finishing this project.
Matthew is asked to help the woodcarver, which makes his dad angry. On top of all this Matthew’s parent are constantly fighting. So he runs away and asks the woodcarver if he could live with him. After a lot of talking with his parents they agree it can be a temporary thing.
The woodcarver did lay some ground rules down for Matthew. The main one being that before he did anything he needed to take the time and think WWJD (“What Would Jesus Do?”). There is a lot of growing and searching not only by Matthew but with his parents as well.
This was a cute movie and very family friendly. And if you watch the special features you will enjoy learning more about the talent of hand carving wood, which was so cool.
As a family we enjoyed watching this movie. It is a wholesome Christian family movie. I would also recommend this movie to anyone who is wanting to do an outreach in their church or show it to friends for a witnessing tool.
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