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The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey
(2007)

Country: UK

Genre: Christmas, Family Drama

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Synopsis

When a broken hearted boy loses the treasured wooden nativity set that links him to his dead father, his worried mother persuades a lonely ill-tempered woodcarver to create a replacement, and to allow her son to watch him work on it. The commission takes their relationship to unexpected places as the young client makes greater and more difficult demands of the woodcarver's ability, and as Christmas approaches, the three struggle to come to terms with each other, their painful memories and the process of putting their unhappiness behind them.

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Cast

  • Tom Berenger
  • Joely Richardson
  • Luke Ward-Wilkinson
    (Thomas McDowell)
  • Saoirse Ronan
  • Jack Montgomery
    (Edward Hardwick)
  • Benjamin Eli
    (Bobby Clarke)

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Pish-posh.

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Nice acting from Luke Ward-Wilkinson. Sweet if not particularly distinguished film based on the wonderful book of the same name written by Susan Wojciechowski and beautifully illustrated by P. J. Lynch.

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Another Christmas movie found in a poundshop. I have to confess to never having heard of Luke Ward-Wilkinson before. He certainly has a great dimpled smile.

The tale of a boy and his widowed mother gaining the affections of a woodcarver recluse is very well handled. Did the mother have to accompany her son to the woodcarver's house every time, or was that a nod to modern day chaperoning? At the time of the film, during the First World War, the boy would've gone to the man's house whenever he wanted happily free of today's stupid restraints.

Some of the photography is really good though aided, in parts, by some CGI effects I think. However, I must agree with a review I read that the ending seemed somewhat rushed and that the woodcarver's coming round from a taciturn recluse to an amiable person was too quickly dealt with. The reviewer even referred to the back of the DVD cover which showed them all in church singing carols possibly. A scene that wasn't in the film.

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score/soundtrack almost unbearable

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