Tuesday, March 13, 2012

WWJDII–The Woodcarver - A Faith Based DVD – A Review and One to Give Away

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WWJDII – The WoodCarver – A Story About Faith and Forgiveness
  • A Nasser Group North Production
  • Starring John Ratzenberger, Dakota Daulby, Woody Jeffries, and Nicole Oliver
  • Rated PG for Some Thematic Elements
  • 91 Minutes
  • Widescreen, Color, Region 1 DVD
  • English
  • Closed Captioning Option for the Hearing Impaired
  • Retail Value $14.99
  • Special Features:  The Making of The Woodcarver and the Movie Trailer
Matthew Stevenson is a young man on a path of destruction.  His parents are recently separated, and in the process of an unpleasant divorce.  Unable to talk to either one of his parents, and struggling in school, he acts out by vandalizing the church his father has been hired to renovate.

Unfortunately for Matthew, he lives in a small town, and it doesn’t take long to figure out who the culprit is.  Fortunately for Matthew, the pastor of the church is wise enough to see that the boy isn’t a delinquent, he is merely in pain.   An arrangement is made, and criminal charges are waived in exchange for reparation of the damage done.

When Matthew meets the widower who created the intricate carvings on the wood used in the church, he forms a relationship that will prove to be life changing for both of them.  The woodcarver, Mr. Otto, teaches Matthew to carve wood, and in the process, he passes on wonderful lessons about faith, and how to approach life’s more difficult situations.  In return, Matthew helps his mentor heal some old wounds, and turn some of his own pain over to God.

This is a very sweet story, and a great choice for family movie night with teens.  It would also make a good choice for a youth group gathering.  The loose ends gather up at the end, but it’s not entirely predictable, and I always appreciate that.

I liked most of the acting.  I thought John Ratzenberger was especially convincing.  He had scenes where he portrayed grief and it was very real.  I also thought the humility of his character was so convincing!  Many of his scenes were quite touching.  The arguments between Matthew's parents actually made me cringe, and the boy was very down to earth and believeable, too.

The PG rating is a good fit.  While it has a “Five Dove” rating, and is approved for all ages, I would caution parents of younger children that there are more than a few family arguments which could create some anxiety in little ones.  There is also the scene where Matthew vandalizes the church, and another scene where personal property is damaged by arson. 

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I received a complementary copy of this DVD in order to provide an informed review.  I was not paid to write this post, and my opinions are genuine.