(Matthew Settle, Rustin Gresiuk, Josie Bissett, et al / DVD / NR / (2014) 2015 / Cinedigm Entertainment)
Overview: An abused wife leaves her alcoholic husband and moves with her children to another town. There their lives become entwined with another family in trouble.
DVD Verdict: Hmmmm, well, I think the best way to explain this movie is as follows: If you've ever seen a Christmas tree display with paper symbols hanging on it, which I think we can all agree we have growing up, where each symbol is a name of a child with some items the child wants or needs for Christmas, you'll instantly get to grips with this story line. Anyway, as you know, you take one, buy the items, return the gifts to the place that the "paper tree" originated, and - unless you are lucky enough to be there with said child on Christmas morning, your loving act is done and dusted right there.
Well, perhaps 'Paper Angels' will make you rethink your latter actions, so to speak! For it is a movie that will move you in many, oh so many ways, trust me. You will encounter a mother who runs away with her children to escape her abusive husband. You see her try to build a new life for her and her children. You see the many challenges the family faces. You will see how the paper angel tree, established by the Salvation Army, enables a family to enjoy a Blessed Christmas regardless, thereafter.
Thomas, the son, shows us all, through his character, that there is more to learn from a person than their outside appearance. He shows us hope, perseverance, love, commitment, and unselfishness; but, importantly, also disappointment, hurt, and anger. They have to come in equal measures, especially in a Holiday movie such as 'Paper Angels.'
Anyway, due to Thomas' personality, the people he meets along the way he instantly makes a difference to their lives, one and all. Thomas had a vision to help, no money, but he was able to make a special Christmas for many children/families. Ergo, to me, 'Paper Angels' was a great family movie to share, but not just with the adults in your life, but the older children also. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1:85.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.