Last night was Family Movie Night at our house, and we watched a wonderful family film called WWJDII: The Woodcarver. I loved John Ratzenberger in Cheers and Toy Story, and he plays another terrific part in The Woodcarver. This time, he is Ernest Otto, a widow who’s struggling with the death of his wife and whether he wants to continue with his woodcarving business. Into his life comes 15-year-old Matthew, who is experiencing troubles of his own when his parents separate. Matthew expresses his anger by vandalizing a church, the very church where Ernest’s beautiful woodwork decorated the buildings. Matthew is given the option to avoid prosecution by helping to repair the damage he did, so he and Ernest begin working together to create new woodcarvings for the church. Matthew’s squabbling parents then become involved, and everyone begins to work through their own troubles and find new purpose in their lives through this shared project.
WWJDII: The Woodcarver is an excellent movie about faith, family, and healing. My whole family enjoyed this movie, including my 8-year-old sons. We talked about the meaning of WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?), a question that Ernest encourages Matthew to keep in mind when he’s contemplating any actions. And we discussed Ernest’s grieving process when he visited the cemetery where his wife was buried. The father in the movie slowly came to realize that he’d been too focused on his job at the expense of his family, which was a good lesson for my husband and I to learn. Overall, this is a wonderful family film with something for everyone. I hope you’ll pick up a copy on DVD!
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