DVD Review (and Giveaway!) The Woodcarver

I enjoyed John Ratzenberger years ago on Cheers and more recently my family has loved his voice work in the Disney Pixar movies, so I was excited to see his name as the Woodcarver is this new DVD from Faith &Family Films available from Christian Cinema.


About this movie:”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.”

I have a nearly 13 year old daughter who is going through the “contrary stage”.  You know the stage where she says she doesn’t like something just because you do or she doesn’t want to watch a movie just because you do?  She told me that she didn’t think she would like the movie.  She was afraid it would be “too sappy and over the top Christian”.  She didn’t want to watch it. Towards the end of the movie my daughter remarked, “What is it with me not wanting to watch these movies and ending up liking them?”  I think that says a lot.  She was riveted to the screen. 

I wonder if she identified with the troubled teen?  I wonder if she just recognized the voice of Ernest Otto?  In any case this was a movie that my whole family enjoyed and one that we will be watching again.  The characters were believable and John Ratzenberger did an excellent job portraying the struggle between faith and loss.  He was a widower who had strong faith but when his wife died, he felt as though God had ignored his prayers.  He finds his balance again in mentoring a boy and both are restored to a stronger relationship with God.

Woven throughout the story is the theme of forgiveness, restoration and the idea of doing what Jesus would do.   Ernest tells Matthew that he can stay with him under one simple condition.  Before making any choices or any decisions, he must ask himself “what would Jesus do?”  

You can watch a trailer of the movie by visiting the Woodcarver page at Christian Cinema. The link for the DVD is on the left hand side directly under the cover image.

I think this is an excellent movie to add to a family collection for a family movie night and I am thrilled to be able to host a giveaway.  One of my blog readers will have the opportunity to add this DVD to his/her family’s collection.

I’ll be using Rafflecopter to handle the giveaway details.  Giveaway will end at 9:01pm  Pacific Time on March 20th (12:01 am Eastern Time 3/21)


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  1. tailorbear says "i love that movie. It was one of the best yet!" It was a really good movie and I'm sorry I didn't want to watch it.

  2. I LOVE Pixar Films, but the tie would have to go to Toy Story (HAS TO BE #3) and Cars...one and two...


  3. That is so hard!! :( I love Toy Story & Cars! :)

  4. Cars....and the Incredibles is great also!!!!

  5. I have to go with The Incredibles. In my family, I often go by the nickname "Mrs. Incredible." :)

  6. Toy Story, definitely the first one :)


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