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Movie Review: Max Lucado’s “The Christmas Candle”

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Friday my family and I went to see a Christmas movie at Court Square Theater.  There were fewer than a dozen people there which was a shame.  I wrote this review in the hope of generating more interest in the movie.  If you have a chance, stop by Court Square Theater today through Thursday at 7:00 PM and check it out.  It is not often that the movie industry gives us wholesome entertainment and our support is the best way to tell them that we want more of the same.

If you’re looking for a cozy, thought-provoking Christmas movie to remind you that there is more to the holiday season than the intense consumerism pushed on us by merchants, then it would be worth your time to see Max Lucado’s, “The Christmas Candle.”  This quaint story’s setting has a distinctively Dickens feel to it, with the edges softened.  I must admit I went to see it for the Victorian costuming and the glimpses of the English country side in winter.  But this modest movie delivered much more than just lush production values. Overall, the acting was quite good and I even got to see Susan Boyle in her film debut as wife of the inn keeper!  But most of all, the movie made me think about big things like hope, trust and the marvels of the world we live in.

To be fair, the plot wanders a bit.  It seems to have trouble making up its mind, at times, about the source of miracles, but in the end it all wraps up nicely with a twist and a pleasant surprise.   This trouble with the storyline, however, is not enough of a flaw to make the movie lose its reflective message and innate charm.

The Christian theme of the movie lends itself nicely to religious individuals and families enjoying an outing at the theater, which is a refreshing change. Hollywood has a well-earned reputation as a spiritual wasteland, but this film will give the Christian no cause for concern.  The promotion of Judeo-Christian values is decidedly clear and the movie has no coarse content whatsoever.  At one point someone was called a “curmudgeon” and there were a few tense moments of possible danger, but that was as strong as it got.

On the other hand, if you’re not a Christian, don’t let that stop you from seeing this picturesque and encouraging little film.  Whatever your beliefs, the universal melodies of hope, love and kinship with one’s fellow man will fully resonate in good form with all viewers.

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