Entertainment Hive 2020

The Star

Review by Honey B

Director:  Timothy Reckart Cast: Steven Yuen, Gina Rodriguez, Keegan-Michael Key, Zachary Levi, Aidy Bryant, Ving Rhames Plot: 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 unlikely heroes in the greatest story ever told - the first Christmas. Verdict: This lovely little movie celebrates one of the greatest stories ever  told – the birth of Jesus. The Star falls somewhere between charming Sunday school re-telling and a more edgy cartoon that the younger generations are used to watching on television. The film opens with the angel’s visitation to Mary – at nine months B.C. – where a wide-eyed mouse (voiced by Kristin Chenoweth) takes it all in. The little rodent promptly starts to tell the animal kingdom about the news. In the miller’s barn across the city, a young donkey called Bo (Steve Yuen)  is dreaming of a better life and working for royalty instead of walking around and around grinding grain. His pal Dave the dove (Keegan-Michael Key) shares Bo’s dream. When Bo breaks free, Mary takes in the scared young donkey, even though Joseph is less than pleased to now own a donkey. Joseph also finds out that day his newlywed wife is also pregnant with the Son of God. The three wise men are also looking for Mary and the unborn baby and they accidentally tip of King Herod (Christopher Plummer) to the impending birth Herod sends out an assassin with vicious dogs to hunt down Mary. With Mary and Joseph having to travel to Nazareth for Herod’s census, Bo, Dave and new friend Ruth the sheep (Aidy Bryant) must keep the little travelling family safe. This is a charming movie with some scary scenes along the way. It has beautiful themes of friendship and believing in yourself. It will also introduce some children to the Biblical story.  (Movies are rated out of 5 stars)
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