The Miracle Maker immediately pulls you into the lives of the residents of the small town of Woodhaven and shows how deeply they are struggling. People can hardly make their rent to Mr. Booth, the man who owns all the property in the town and is a bit of a scrooge. (And the actor who played Mr. Booth did a great job of portraying just the right amount of condescension and a splash of intimidation with only facial expressions!) But Mr. Booth isn't living a life of sunshine and roses. He has a daughter who was tragically scarred in a buggy accident and he doesn't allow her to leave the house to protect her from anyone's thoughtless cruelty. The thing is, though, the young man who was with her in the accident still loves her and wants to be with her, but Mr. Booth forbids him to ever see her. It pulls on your heartstrings! The Booth family employs a young girl trying to raise her brother and is having a rough time of it since the boy stopped talking after the death of their parents.
So many people in the town need a miracle!
Then one morning a telegraph is sent that the Miracle Maker is coming to town and everyone can hardly wait because they all feel like they could really use a Miracle Maker's services. But when the Miracle Maker arrives, well, he isn't who they expected at all.
We watched this movie as a family and I have to say we will definitely watch it again. I thought the characters were easy to relate to and care about and the love story was really sweet. There is one little girl who stole the show for me wishing for snow on Christmas Eve. The casting was excellent and I recognized one of the older girls in this show as the main girl in Once I Was A Beehive. Besides the story and casting, the musical score was beautiful and the cinematography really added another dimension to an already layered story. Really well done.
The message of The Miracle Maker wasn't overly preachy at all, but it was uplifting and left me with a smile at the end. Then to top it off, when the credits rolled I was really happy to see the name John Lyde. We used to live in the same neighborhood as the Lyde family and I am thrilled to see his success.
The Miracle Maker will definitely go on our family's December Countdown of Must See Christmas Movies list and I would recommend it to anyone who loves feel good movies you can watch as a family. Grab your popcorn and see it!
Here's the synopsis and the trailer.
It all starts with one little seed of love."The Miracle Maker is coming!" Everyone in the tiny hamlet is excited when they hear the news that the renowned man of wonders is coming to their village. But the humble traveler who appears isn't what anyone expected. They were looking forward to someone magnificent who would change their lives. But it seems this man can barely take care of himself, let alone fulfill the dreams of others. However, miracles can come in all shapes and sizes-and sometimes from unexpected places.