The Star Movie Review
Last week Sony flew me out to Los Angeles for a press junket for the all-new animated movie The Star.
The junket included interviews with Zachary Levi, Gina Rodriguez and Patricia Heaton! They all did amazing work voicing characters in the movie, and I’ll be sharing more from those interviews soon.
Today, however, I want to share my The Star movie review.
About The Star:
In Sony Pictures Animation’s The Star, a small but brave donkey named Bo yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill.
One day he finds the courage to break free, and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, a lovable sheep who has lost her flock and Dave, a dove with lofty aspirations.
Along with three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow the Star and become accidental heroes in the greatest story ever told – the first Christmas.
In a nutshell, The Star tells the story of the first Christmas, the birth of Jesus, through the eyes of animals.
I have three key thoughts about The Star:
- The Star is a wonderful telling of the nativity story that feels fresh and fun for the whole family.
- The Star has a cast that will keep you entertained from the beginning to the end.
- The Star has a must-hear soundtrack that you need to listen to this holiday season.
After my blogging friends and I screened The Star for the first time, we had a conversation where we tried to remember a good movie that told the story of the birth of Jesus.
Honestly, I’m not a very religious person, so I’m not an expert in this subject, but aside from guessing that there was a Veggie Tales Christmas movie out there somewhere, we couldn’t think of anything else.
Of course, the nativity story is told time and again, and it never gets old, but The Star tells the story in depth, with the added humor and perspective of unique and entertaining animals. It’s a fantastic way to share the story in a new way!
I really think The Star is an instant classic. I didn’t know we needed a quality film about the first Christmas that’s entirely suited for children, but we did. The Star is that film.
Next: The cast of The Star is incredible. Check out this list of voice actors and the parts they play:
Steven Yeun: Bo the donkey
Gina Rodriguez: Mary
Zachary Levi: Joseph
Keegan Michael Key: Dave the dove
Kelly Clarkson: Leah the horse
Anthony Anderson: Zach the goat
Aidy Bryant: Ruth the sheep
Ving Rhames: Thaddeus the dog
Gabriel Iglesias: Rufus the dog
Patricia Heaton: Edith the cow
Kristin Chenoweth: Abby the mouse
Christopher Plummer: King Herod
Tracy Morgan: Felix the camel
Tyler Perry: Cyrus the camel
Oprah Winfrey: Deborah the camel
I believe that anyone watching this movie will have at least three characters they love. For me, I found Keegan Michael Key as Dave the dove the funniest, but Ruth the sheep and Abby the mouse were right up there for me, too!
Finally, the soundtrack. You have to listen to the soundtrack for The Star. You know I believe the soundtrack can make or break a movie, and in this case the soundtrack for The Star adds so much to the story!
Here’s a list of the artists and songs they contributed to The Star:
- The Star by Mariah Carey
- Children Go Where I Send You by Kelsea Ballerini
- We Three Kings by Kirk Franklin
- Can You See by Fifth Harmony
- Life is Good by A Great Big World
- Mary Did You Know by Zara Larsson
- O Holy Night by Yolanda Adams
- What Christmas Means to Me by Saving Forever
- Breath of Heaven (Mary’s Song) by Jessie James Decker
- His Eye is on the Sparrow by Casting Crowns
- What Child is This by Jake Owen
- Carol of the Bells by Pentatonix
Watch the trailer for The Star below:
The Star is in theaters everywhere. Get your tickets now and see it this holiday season!
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