I grew up watching holiday classics with my family as we gathered around the TV during Christmas. This year’s release of The Star, opening Friday, November 17th, marks the addition of a new “Christmas classic” that is sure to delight families as it shares the true meaning of Christmas.
Last weekend my son, Mason, and I flew to Hollywood to hear all about the new movie, The Star, and interview a few of the stars of the movie too! While there, we catch a sneak peek of the movie and I’m bursting with excitement to share all about it!
What I love most about The Star is how the nativity story is told in a completely new way – through the animals who were there! Yes, you’ll still see the biblically-inspired story of Mary, Joseph, and the birth of Jesus but it includes a twist from some funny, inquisitive and witty animals. I love that The Star keeps to the “original” story while making it fun for the whole family.
The Star was a truly delightful movie and the soundtrack is amazing. I actually teared up when the song, Mary Did You Know came on during a touching scene with Mary. I loved how they were able to weave classic songs as well as providing some originals as well. The impressive soundtrack is filled with songs from Mariah Carey, Fifth Harmony and Casting Crowns.
While the storyline and the music create a backdrop the actors in the film give it a true voice. In fact, Director Timothy Reckart shared that the cast was a “dream come true” as every actor in the film was his first choice. In the movie, you’ll hear familiar voices from stars such as Oprah Winfrey (Deborah the Camel), Gina Rodriguez (Mary), Zachary Levi (Joseph), Tyler Perry (Cyrus the Camel) and Ohio’s own, Patricia Heaton (Edith the Cow).
The Star introduces us to the loveable donkey, Bo, who dreams of escaping his duties working for the village miller and finding a new adventure in the outside world. When he escapes, he teams up with Ruth, the sheep and Dave, the dove and they set out to start a new life. Soon after he finds Mary and Joseph who are about to embark on their own adventure as they have been forced to travel to Bethlehem by royal decree. When King Herod discovers that they is soon to be a new king born he sends off a guard to find them. Bo and his friends along with three wisecracking camels set off to protect Mary, Joseph and the baby and become a group of unlikely heroes.
The Star movie while touching, is also filled with laughs which will keep your family giggling throughout the film. I hope you’ll bring your family out to see The Star this weekend! I can’t wait to hear what you think too!