Blogmas: The Christmas Candle

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Happy 3rd week of Advent. I hope you have been enjoying my blogmas series. Today I am excited to share a review of Max Lucado‘s The Christmas Candle. Based on the best selling novel, the film is a Christmas movie about Christmas that is an excellent viewing during the Christmas season!

Featuring theology from both Roman Catholic and Protestant churches, the story features Hans Matheson as a pastor who has been struggling with his faith since a tragic loss. Due to Barbara Flynn‘s entreaty as Lady Camdon, Matheson’s character (Rev. Richmond) arrives in fictional Gladbury in 1890 in time for the Advent season. But Gladbury is no ordinary town with a tradition of a Christmas miracle every 25 years wherein an angel bestows a miracle upon whomever lights the Christmas candle. The new reverend however does not believe in these miracles and tries to convince the town folk to believe in God and not miracle candles. Meanwhile Mrs. Haddington (Lesley Manville), the wife of the candlemaker, wants to use this year’s candle so that her son would come back home after a long absence and yet when the magical candle is knocked off the shelf she devises a plan to give out candles to everyone seeking for a miracle. So what will happen when the Christmas candle is actually lit on Christmas Eve?

The story makes for a beautiful Christmas movie starring an ensemble cast including John Hannah (“Sliding Doors”), Samantha Barks (“Les Miserables”), Susan Boyle (“Britain’s Got Talent”), Sylvester McCoy (“Doctor Who”) and James Cosmo (“Braveheart”).

Christians will appreciate the focus on God and Advent. The New York Daily News described it as a “Dickens-meets-Sunday-school movie”. Given the 1 star rating, I reckon that description was not meant to be positive. However, just because the movie has an honest look at Advent – maybe even more so than most modern day Sunday School classrooms – that does not mean that it is lackluster and without soul. The performances are well flushed out and the characters believable.

As the Los Angeles Times put it, ” [the film’s] message of community and faith shines brighter” and “beams with holiday spirit”.

Christmas Candle Movie

Rating: PG for mild thematic elements.
Running time: 1 hour, 40 minutes.
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Director: John Stephenson
Cast: Hans Matheson, John Hannah, Lesley Manville, Samantha Barks, Susan Boyle, Barbara Flynn, James Cosmo, Sylvester McCoy

The Joyous Living: Max Lucado's The Christmas Candle is a Beautiful Christmas Movie with a Message and Heart.

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11 Comments

  1. Brianne Tursi Manz

    November 15, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    This sounds like a great book and movie. Oftentimes movies don’t translate well from the book, but I’d like to reserve that judgement until I’ve seen both.

  2. Bill Sweeney

    November 15, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    My wife loves Christmas movies and books. She would love to see this and read the book.

  3. Stacie

    November 15, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    This sounds like a wonderful movie! I love Christmas movies like this. They give me all the holly jolly feels.

  4. Matt Taylor

    November 15, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    Since I really like Christmas movies, can’t get enough of the Hallmark ones, I should check this out. Plus I really like Susan Boyle! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Rosey

    November 16, 2019 at 5:19 am

    I’m so glad to see Susan Boyle again. She was a favorite of mine on the talent show and I have one of her CDs.

  6. Emman Damian

    November 16, 2019 at 6:28 am

    I haven’t seen The Christmas Candle. It looks like a great thing to watch. Hope to see it soon.

  7. Heather

    November 16, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    This sounds like a film that I would absolutely love! I’m going to have to check it out.

  8. Tonya

    November 16, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    Thank you for the recommendation. I love Christmas movies. I read this book to my kids when they were younger so this would make a great family movie.

  9. Kiwi

    November 17, 2019 at 12:27 am

    I love a good holiday story. I love also how this story comes with a more vintage vibe from the late 1800s

  10. Subhashish Roy

    November 17, 2019 at 6:14 am

    Yes this is the best time to be watching a Christmas movie. Part of my pre Christmas celebrations for sure. Thanks for sharing

  11. Ntensibe Edgar Michael

    November 18, 2019 at 12:35 am

    Nnniiiccceeeee….I am bookmarking this as a reminder for the movies I should watch, this Christmas holiday.

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