|Directed by||:||Timothy Reckart||Produced by||:||Jenni Magee Cook||Starring||:||Steven Yeun, Gina Rodriguez, Zachary Levi, Keegan-Michael Key||Production company||:||Sony Pictures Animation, Walden Media||Country||:||United States|
Movie review: A donkey's divine destiny in 'The Star'
The last mainstream movie I had watched about the first Christmas was "The Nativity" more than 10 years ago. This year, an animated film has been released to remind us again why we have Christmas Day in the first place.
The major part of the story is about a donkey (Steven Yeun) who was yoked to work with his old father (Kris Kristofferson) grinding grain all day at the mill, but he dreamed to do grander things outside. One day, he was able to escape and meet Mary (Gina Rodriguez), who lovingly tended to his injured leg. Much to her husband Joseph's (Zachary Levi) annoyance, Mary took the donkey in and named him Boaz, or Bo for short.
Bo longed to be able to go join the Royal Caravan with all those elegant horses along with his best friend David the dove (Keegan-Michael Key). However when Bo learned about the plot of King Herod (Christopher Plummer) to kill Mary and her precious baby, he decided to chase after Joseph and Mary (who were then en route to Bethlehem for the census) instead in order to warn them of the imminent danger.
This film remained faithful to the biblical accounts we know, starting from the Annunciation, Joseph's doubts and acceptance, the Magi's visit to Herod, the full inns in Bethlehem, the birth in the manger lit by the giant star. Into these events, additional characters like Herod's executioner-like Centurion and his tough dogs Thaddeus (Ving Rhames) and Rufus (Gabriel Iglesias) to add more elements of excitement and danger for the kiddie audience.