THE CHRISTMAS CANDLE (Theatrical Release UK 2013)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.6|5.0 Starsììì

The Christmas Candle has potential to hit the 'bull's eye' as a Christmas classic. It’s sweet storyline deeply tries but fails to place in the classic status as the movie It’s A Wonderful Life. This film has a little Christmas spirit, but becomes a story mostly about a town whose minister is more involved in 'people power' than in 'God power'. Watch for Susan Boyle in her first film appearance.

Storyline

Candlemakers Edward Haddington (Sylvester McCoy) and his wife Bea (Lesley Manville) make candles for their village. Every 25 years an angel comes to bless one of the candles and the candlemakers give that candle to a special person in need, tell the person to light the candle, and instruct the person to pray. On this 25th year, the rack of candles accidentally tips over and the candlemakers do not know which candle is the ‘special’ candle. So, they hand every candle to various needy villagers with the instruction to light the candle and pray.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director John Stephenson for directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producers Steve Christian, Ivan Dunleavy, Huw Penallt Jones, Brian Lockhart, and Shail Shah for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: David Richmond (Hans Matheson), Emily Barstow (Samantha Barks), Herbert Hopewell (James Cosmo), Eleanor Hopewell (Susan Boyle), Lady Camdon (Barbara Flynn), William Barstow (John Hanna), Charlie Barstow (Jude Wright), Phineas Barber (Morgan Jones), Delilah Barber (Alice Bonifacio), Oliver Barber (Tim Barlow), Agnes Chumley (Beatrice Curnew), Mrs. Chumley (Patricia England), Widow Leonard (Tessa Bell-Briggs), and Mr. Finch (Edward Gower).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. The best part of this movie is hearing Susan Boyle sing.

Ben Meyers

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