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Gladstone is an ordinary 19th-century English village---except at Christmastime, when an angel visits the home of humble candlemaker Edward Haddington and bestows a precious gift. The divinely blessed taper can impart an extraordinary blessing. But with the dawn of the electric age will this centuries-old tradition fade away? Features singing sensation Susan Boyle. Dove approved. Rated PG. Approx. 100 minutes.
|Publication Date: 2014|
Vito Ancona5 Stars Out Of 5Christmas DVDDecember 29, 2015Vito AnconaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This was a family Christmas present. It was an excellent movie and it gave us a look at the way things were at an earlier time period.
Dianne4 Stars Out Of 5The Christmas CandleDecember 29, 2015DianneQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0loved this kovie, has become a tradition to watch at Christmas
CGender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5A Precious Story in a Beautiful MovieFebruary 7, 2015CGender: FemaleI found this movie wonderful and enjoyable in many ways. For me, the visual scenic beauty was a source of delight which grew throughout the tale. The subtlety of the lovely colors and muted lighting of the sets and costumes gave a special, almost dreamy beauty to the overall "lighting" and coloration and this was appropriate to the theme of light Light as represented in old-fashioned candlelight rather than in worldly new harsh electrical lighting. Such two kinds of lighting were contrasted in the story for additional symbolic meaning: The light of a jarring new materialistic industrial age was making its advent into the softer atmosphere of the older ways of life as represented in Gladbury and its singular precious tradition of The Christmas Candle...
(The dreaminess of the lighting and softness of outlines, or the sort of haziness-around-the-edges of the world depicted in The Christmas Candle reminded me of the mysterious town called Brigadoon in the musical of the same name, although the two places in the two different productions are not really comparable to any great extent otherwise. But, anyway, there were features in Christmas Candle that suggested to me another place in time or something of the sort. I think that effect was probably intentional on the part of the movie-maker.)
I especially liked the use of the Insigniathe winged candle that symbolized the town of Gladbury. (The towns name is meaningful in terms of the theme and ultimate ending of the tale.)
Just at the opening of the film, there was a brief view of what seemed to be a Title Page in a pretty storybook. The page seemed to be drawn and painted in the style of storybooks of the "Victorian Age," the age of sentimental Dickens. As this opener Page passed briefly across the screen, I noticed a pretty blue and white teacup and I thought, "Ah, Max Lucado is inviting me to have a cup of tea with him while I take in his story." (Was interested to observe the actual tea set itself later in a domestic scene as the movie progressed.)
This is a movie comparable to the type of "Classics" stories (in settings of the past) as produced by Masterpiece Theatre on PBS. It has, of course, the distinct but subtle Christian theme (which is, however, not overbearingly evangelical or over-obvious). The settings and the characters are somewhat reminiscent of Dickens stories but only somewhat, not a lot. This story has its own unique quality.
As in Dickens stories, there are quite lovable characters. Dear folk types.
A central message of the story is that while the Christianity that Jesus engendered IS about selflessness and generosity and the performance of mere ordinary, everyday kinds of Good Deeds, it is still also a religion in which actual Miracles take place. Both kinds of phenomena, the ordinary and the extraordinary, are intertwined; and both are matters of Wonderment and Gladness. That Jesus is the Light of the World and the source of Gladness (Joy), particularly in the specific Christmas custom of the "miraculous candle in this tale set in this particular unique, almost dreamlike, little town of the past, is also the message at the heart of the story.
It seems to me that ALL of the characters were Main Characters, not just David and his Emily. I thought the acting of Susan Boyle was lovely and absolutely lovable and endearing. She was a very effective actress as were ALL of the other characters.
I have no criticisms of the movie. I wondered if Rev. David ought to have looked maybe about 15 years olderlike maybe about 40 or 45 years old, because that would give him enough time to fit time-wise into the history of his past life and loss and departure from his previous substantial preachers calling. Also, it seems a few more years would match him up more closely with the vague picture of the woman in his past life whose picture appeared to suggest an age of about 35-40.
(I think that women might like this movie better than men because they will be sensitive to the scenic beauty in it, which is one of the movie's superb features. Men who like only Christian movies set within modern-day realities, sports contests, or other clearly masculine topics might find the movie uncomfortably "pretty.")
S. T.5 Stars Out Of 5"The Christmas Candle"January 28, 2015S. T.I was very captivated by this movie! I gave it as Christmas presents. I bought 10 copies!
I definitely recommend it!
Annie5 Stars Out Of 5The Christmas CandleJanuary 26, 2015AnnieQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Enjoyed movie and story. Liked the clothing and scenery and etc. Was interesting throughout.