The Christmas Candle

2013

Action / Drama / Family

53
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 18%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 76%
IMDb Rating 6.2 10 1343

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Cast

Lesley Manville as Bea Haddington
John Hannah as William Barstow
Samantha Barks as Emily Barstow
Sylvester McCoy as Edward Haddington
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by solitaire-77488 10 / 10

Excellent story and acting

This film was beautifully written and well acted. I normally don't leave reviews but I saw that Lesley Manville complained about Susan Boyle being chosen for a role as she felt she could only sing and not act, so I felt compelled to put in my own opinion.

First of all, Ms. Boyle has a truly angelic voice. But she thoroughly surprised me by being a very good actress who is a pure natural in this film. She speaks and acts as if this is a real life situation and pulls the viewer into the film. She is not trying to gain accolades or steal the screen from anyone...she is simply doing her job. And what a wonderful job she did, especially for it being her very first time! What a very humble woman she is, indeed. Perhaps Lesley Manville could use a lesson or two in manners and humility?

Having said that, all in all, this film is a breath of fresh air compared to all of the rubbish being shown these days. Your children could watch this and not leave you worrying about nudity, violence or foul language. It opens up all sorts of possibilities for children to ask genuine questions about their own beliefs and for adults to ponder things such as faith, hope and...dare we even think it?...Miracles!

I give it 10 stars b/c ALL the actors did a wonderful job at pulling the viewer into the story and holding our attention in a very comfortable way. The world needs more films like this that are clean and refreshing. Well done everyone! And thank you!

Reviewed by Amy Adler 8 / 10

Lights up the screen, with Matheson a wonderful leading man and it also has a fine Christian message

In the English town of Gladbury, there is a legend that, at Christmas, an angel visits the candle maker and blesses one candle. Who ever buys that candle, will receive a miracle. If they are sick, they will be well; if poor, they will become rich and so on. Naturally, the candle maker is highly prized and visited. But, the town is about to experience change, as its the beginning of the twentieth century and electric lights are taking over. Gladbury also needs a new minister and one of the most influential townfolk knows who she wants. He is David Richmond (Hans Matheson) who once gave powerful sermons but has turned to helping the poor in London via the Salvation Army. AFter much discussion, Reverend Richmond agrees to relocate. On his journey, David encounters a lady, Emily Barstow (Samantha Barks) whose carriage horses refuse to pull her out of a stream. Although Miss Barstow initially turns down his aid, there is no other choice so she relents. Its obvious the new minister is struck by this spirited lady. Once in town, Reverend Richmond hears about the candle legend and doesn't like it. In his view, miracles are done by ordinary folks, taking care of their neighbors as Christ would have wanted. He demonstrates this by helping needy families repair homes and survive chaos. Most of all, David wants to light up the church with electric lights, changing things forever. This causes some waves. Especially upset are the candle makers, The Haddingtons, who are dumbstruck to witness the angel's visit but lose the chosen candle in their enormous pile. As a last ditch effort, this couple proceed to give out ALL of their candles to the village residents and hope that a miracle will prove their story. Can it be? This beautiful movie is difficult to encapsulate, as there are several story lines and issues. Nonetheless, it is a very beautiful film with a fine cast, especially Matheson who is wonderful. Susan Boyle is also one of the town's residents and her glorious voice is heard in the movie, from time to time. Then, too, the historic sets, costumes, story and touching direction all combine to produce a lovely movie. Christians will also adore the themes, as the flick is based on a book by Max Lucado. Light up your own movie viewing by finding this one, in season or out.

Reviewed by SimonJack 7 / 10

A charming English Chistmas tale

This modern Christmas movie is set in England shortly after the turn of the 20th Century. It's based on the 2013 novel of the same title by Max Lucado. The story takes place mostly in a fictitious English town somewhere in the rural countryside. Gladbury has a reputation, at least among some, of being the Christmas Candle town. It comes from a legend that every 25 years, an angel appears in the Haddington candle works and blesses a single candle. Whoever receives that candle, lights it and prays and their prayers are answered - many by miracles. This has been going on for a few generations, and some pretty convincing miracles of the past back up the story.

But now, a new vicar for the Cadbury church and parish comes to town. Hans Matheson plays Rev. David Richmond. While a man of faith, he doesn't believe in modern miracles. Halfway through the story we find out about a tragic loss in his life that rocked his faith. He's determined to end the superstitious tradition in the town. One can guess how this might end, and the screenplay is very good as the story unfolds. There's much in here about family, abut personal losses and suffering, and about healing, faith, hope and friendship.

This is a good Christmas movie in a nice setting. I don't think it's great, as some think. I noted some reviewers disliked it to the point of reviling it. I suspect they are people who have no religious faith or beliefs. Atheists and agnostics for the most part seldom seem to enjoy films of this nature. That's OK, of course. But, rather than their agonizing through the watching of such films, it should dawn on them in the first place not to watch something they won't enjoy. Most other viewers should find this movie enjoyable.

The rather extensive cast in this film all are quite good. Most of the production qualities are good. I always enjoy scenery shots in England. It truly is a garden country, with plants in bloom, it seems, at any time of year.

In one scene, Thomas Haddington (played by Sam Crane) pulls into town in a Stanley Steamer. Considering the yet rarity of automobiles at that time, I'm surprised that the director of this film didn't have several people staring at the car in amazement Instead, only Edward and Bea Haddington (played by Sylvester McCoy and Lesley Manville) watch their son's noisy arrival and comment on it. Thomas tells his parents, "I had it sent over from America. It's a Stanley Steamer -- one of the first."

I wonder why though, this film was released in America a month before its release in England (Nov. 15 and Dec. 13, respectively). It's a thoroughly British production, set in and filmed in England. My hunch is that in the U.S. we've become so commercialized that we begin to celebrate a following holiday before we even observe the next one. I was in chain stores this year that were setting up Christmas displays in mid-October - a full month before Thanksgiving. But then, we don't usually buy gifts for Thanksgiving, do we?

"The Christmas Candle" is a film that the whole family should enjoy. It's a bit slow, but the mystique about the candle may be able to hold the attention of restless young ones.

Oh, yes! This may be of interest to some. I recently came across a Web site for Gladbury, "located in the County of Gloomshire." Well, there is no county named Gloomshire, nor village named Gladbury. The Web site is a hoax, and the names should be a hint - they have "gloom" and "glad" in their titles. The Web site tries to look official, but beyond a cartoon style map it doesn't have any photos. It lists a town of 133,000 population. Another dead giveaway is its directory of services. It must list two to four dozen churches, a bunch of school, a dozen or most post offices, a hospital, several solicitors, but nary a single actual business - bakery, barber, carpenter, dentist, electrician, garage, plumber, etc. It's funny and must have been fun for someone to go to all the trouble to create a phony place, but for what purpose? Unless, someone watched this movie and was interested in trying to find the real town? Perhaps. Check it out for fun - but note that the town is not renowned for candles. Rather, a cloth industry in the past, and clock making that eventually went belly-up.

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