THE STAR SHINES BRIGHT THIS CHRISTMAS
By Mary Cox
Every year, my family looks for things to do that will get us in the Christmas spirit. “The Star” is the perfect picture for the entire family. “The Star” is a charming rendition of the Christmas story with a few subtle changes that will entertain children and the child in adults, too.
In Sony Pictures Animation’s “The Star”, a small darling donkey named Bo yearns for a life beyond his daily grind in the village mill. One day he breaks free, and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, a cute little sheep and Dave, a dove with lofty aspirations. Bo and his friends follow “the Star” and become the heroes of the first Christmas.
Of course, every story needs a villain and this version of the Christmas story has several. Wicked King Herod sends an evil Roman Centurion with his two vicious dogs to track down Mary and Joseph as they make their way to Jerusalem.
The star-studded cast of voices is complimented by a cadre of Christmas songs with Christmas classics like “What Child is this?” by Jake Owen and “We three Kings” by Kirk Franklin, the audience will be humming along with the film. As a special treat, Mariah Carey debuts her new Christmas song “The Star.”
Steven Yeun voices Bo the Donkey. Keegan-Michael Key is Dave the Dove. Aidy Bryant is Ruth the sheep. Zachary Levi voices the melodic voice of Joseph. Gina Rodriguez is Mary. Christopher Plummer is King Herod. Tyler Perry, Oprah Winfrey and Tracy Morgan all voice the funny camels that belong to the three wise men. Other voices you may recognize are Kristen Chenoweth, Kris Kristofferson, Ving Rhames, Anthony Anderson, Patricia Heaton and Mariah Carey.
“The Star” was directed by Academy Award Nominee, Timothy Rickart. The screenplay was scribed by Carlos Kotin based on a story by Kotin, Simon Moore and Tom Sheridan. Although, the movie is very true to the Christmas Story, it uses the animal’s point of view to create a more interesting movie. I don’t think anyone will be upset by the discrepancies in the Christmas Story because the basic story is definitely intact.
“The Star” is the perfect way to kick off the Christmas Season and is an entertaining way of telling the Christmas story to little kids in a way they can understand. Watch out Disney, Sony Animation is real competition.
The film opens this weekend at AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12.