The greatest story never told is the new animated film “The Star,” the nativity story told from the animals’ perspective.
The animals are given voice by many favorite Hollywood stars in real life. Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, and Tracy Morgan play the three camels that carry the three wise men. Patricia Heaton is Edith the cow and Kelly Clarkson voices Leah the horse. Christopher Plummer voices King Herod and Kris Kristofferson is the Old Donkey (Bo’s father).
The central character is Boaz, or Bo for short (Steven Yeun). Bo is the donkey that accompanies Mary (Gina Rodriguez) and Joseph (Zachary Levi) to Bethlehem. The layered messages character names in the plot are hard to miss but certainly give some extra special meaning to this film.
For example, the choice of Boaz to be the name for the donkey since he is the one who carries Mary and the new Messiah to Bethlehem comes from Ruth 4:13 and according to Matthew is one of Jesus’ ancestors. Then, they are accompanied by Ruth, a sheep who left her flock when she saw the star while her fellow sheep refused to go (Ruth 1:16). And finally, many audience members may appreciate at the end of the film when Ruth’s flock joins her to see the arrival of the baby Jesus (Hosea 2:23).
“The Star” is entertaining and perfectly appropriate for audience members of all ages. The 55% fresh rating on the Tomatometer simply stems from the fact that the slapstick comedy is sometimes overdone and takes away from the originality and richness of the production overall.
“The Star” (86 minutes) is showing at the Marshall Cinema with a PG rating for some thematic elements. Call (903) 935-5662 or visit www.Jimplecute1848.com for a full list of show times. Then, don’t miss the movie you just might decide to see every Christmas.
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