The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey
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--- in the book, the creche belonged to the widow, and had been carved by her grandfather.
--- in the movie, it was given to Thomas by his father, who dies in the war.
Another difference is in the book, we never learn how the widow "got" that way, in the movie there is some backstory development showing the father in uniform heading off to war, etc.
What is the same is that its a story of kindness, love and miracles. Time spent with either version of this story will be time well spent.
The acting is solid, especially behind Tom Berenger in an anticipated role-departure from the likes of "Platoon" or "Sniper". He plays the grieving, not-quite-living recluse of the film's title...and to see him slowly come out of his shell behind the gentle presence and love of the mother and son is very touching, to say the least. And this brings me to my one critique of the film: the final opening up of Mr. Toomey is so dramatically quick (even the back of the DVD case shows Mr. Toomey singing in church next to the mother and son...did I miss that? I don't think so). It WOULD have been nice to see that scene as part of the re-awakening of Mr. Toomey; why wasn't that in the picture? My point is that the film beautifully depicts the depressed woodworker slowly but surely rising out of his soulful cave only to kind of burst out at the end...suddenly he's coming out of church and the mother suddenly sees him?? A suggestion: Why not have a quick clip of him perhaps shyly entering the worship service and people being surprised and warmly accepting him there? Why not a little more transition to fill out the viewing experience "with" the characters in the story? The magic of the previous 1 hour and 20 minutes came up too quick and short.Read more ›
The story is based on another man who lost his wife and ended up being loved and cared for by a family who lost their father and husband. No matter the situation we can still be an encouragement to others if we get beyond our pain. I highly recommend this movie for the entire family.
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Really enjoyed this movie and have watched it multiple times already. Acting is very good and the change over of Jonathan Toomey is heart warming.Published 3 months ago by DB
Ordered the book and the movie. Watched with my 8 and 10 yr old girls. We all loved it. Nice wholesome Christmas story with a wonderful message.Published 8 months ago by Jesse L. Foster