Saturday, 25 November 2017

The Star Film Review

Timothy Reckart directs the animated story of The Star, when a poor little mill donkey finds himself with a starring role in the greatest story ever told.

Sweet little Mary is told by the Angel Gabriel that she will carry The Messiah, voiced by Gina Rodriguez she takes the news well. Kristin Chenoweth who voices a cute little mousy thing spreads the news among the animal critters.

Meanwhile our little donkey Steven Yeun dreams of a better life with his dove friend Dave, voiced by Keegan-Michael Key. A new star in the sky has appeared, and the donkey sees this as a sign. Eventually getting free from his grinding role he finds himself at Mary and Josephs'. Newly wed with Joseph voiced by  Zachary Levi, and getting used to being father to the Son of God. Mary names the little donkey Bo, who still dreams of being in the Kings Procession with the horses and tinkling bells he hears in the distance.

Of course we have Three Wise Men, and their hilarious camels, voiced by Tracy Morgan, Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey. And they take their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to King Herod, whose not at all happy that a new King of the Shoes will be born, (the camels mishear). Christopher Plummer playing it cool sends the Wise Men on their way, while also sending his henchman and rabid dogs to kill Mary and the newborn.

When Bo hears this he determines to warn Mary and Joseph who have left for Bethlehem. Helped along the way by a friendly sheep Ruth, voiced by Aidy Bryant, Bo and Dave might just have the best adventure they always dreamed of. With quite the different king to the one they imagined.

A lovely cute telling of the Christmas story from the animals point of view. With Oprah's camel Deborah imagining that the night when Jesus was born, would be celebrated and retold for thousands of years. But she's just talking daft again.

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