‘The Star’ Review


The Star is an American computer-animated Christian adventure comedy film directed by Timothy Reckart. The ensemble voice cast includes Steven Yeun, Gina Rodriguez, Zachary Levi, Keegan-Michael Key, Kelly Clarkson, Patricia Heaton, Kristin Chenoweth, Tracy Morgan, Tyler Perry, and Oprah Winfrey. Based on the Nativity of Jesus, the story follows a donkey named Boaz, Bo for short, as he attempts to rescue his new owners, Mary and Joseph, from having their unborn son harmed by an assassin sent by King Herod. The Star is a fun film that is mainly targeted towards a younger audience. Retelling the story of the Nativity of Jesus from the animal’s perspective was a very interesting choice. It’s a simple way to introduce young Christians to the story of the birth of Jesus Christ as well teach them a few Christian values. There are a few plot holes here and there, but none that hamper the overall enjoyment of the story. The computer animation was decent, but clearly not as detailed as the films released by larger studios such as Pixar, Disney, Illumination, etc. Yet this doesn’t take away from the film in any way. We are presented with many different animals and characters with unique designs to themselves. The voice cast was stellar and gave such comedic performances. Steven Yeun is great as Bo the donkey. He is fun and lovable in many ways. He wants more than the simple life of being a mill donkey and feels he has a greater purpose. As a viewer, you want everything to work out for him. Keegan-Michael Key is hilarious as Dave the dove. He has great chemistry with Yeun and together they make most of the film work. He is a great friend to Bo and sticks by him till the end. Most of the films comedic moments involve his interaction with the other characters. Aidy Bryant is brilliant as Ruth the sheep. She provides a great balance to Bo and Dave. She’s super friendly and helpful to people she barely knows. Tracy Morgan, Tyler Perry, and Oprah Winfrey do well as the three wise men’s camels Felix, Cyrus, and Deborah, respectively. Their part in the film is small but memorable. I give The Star a Decent 7/10. Even though the plot is thin, the story is still enjoyable. Changing the perspective of a well-known story proved to be an interesting yet fun gamble.


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