The Star Movie: Review

The Star movie

There’s a new movie coming out that tells the Christmas story! It’s called “The Star: The Story of the First Christmas,” and it comes to theaters November 17 (that’s tomorrow!).

The Star movie

The premise is that a small, 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. Accompanied by 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.


Watch the trailer


The Star animated movie

I love the look of this movie. It amazes me the way film makers can make even animated movies like this one look so realistic and vibrant these days. Visually, it’s stunning. I also love anytime we can get out the true Christmas story for kids. I’ll admit that I’m not the biggest fan of the current trend of featuring “wise-cracking” animals with attitudes in a Bible-based movie, but hey. These days, I guess we will take what we can get.

The film has a great website, full of activities for kids: I found printable nativity dioramas, coloring sheets, mazes, printable Christmas cards, and more. Wonderful resources for families! If your church would like some resources related to the movie, here is a site they can use.

The Star Movie

I went to the movies yesterday, and look what I saw in the lobby! Kind of cool.

Have you heard about The Star movie before today? Do you plan to see it?


5 thoughts on “The Star Movie: Review

  1. i have a concern about this. If children, who don’t know the truth, are exposed to the Christmas story the first time through this slant, will they have trouble coming to understand the truth? I know that “Christian fiction” told concerning a biblical character have sometimes tainted my view of the truth as told by the Bible. I just fear this might happen with this movie.

  2. Elaine. Here’s a counter story. My cousin’s daughter sat in church, read Bible stories and went to VBS. One Christmas Eve when she was about 12, the pastor read, predictably, the Christmas Story. She nudged her mom and said “That sounds a lot like the Christmas Story….” Face palm! She was totally serious. So, I’d not worry about the movie….. Kids have also learned the Truth thru idiotic talking vegetables, too [Veggie Tales]. I’d rather take a little guy to this than to the Hollywood movie of the month with questionable things galore!

    Susan, Nice review!

  3. Thanks for another great review. I had heard about this movie but since I don’t have any little ones, I hadn’t given it much thought. I feel that any form of entertainment that brings attention to Christ in a positive way is worthwhile since there are so many children who are not getting any kind of religious upbringing. I know so many cases of that happening. I had some copies of the Madeline books by Ludwig Bemelmans (my daughter worked with his grandson!!) and offered them to a friend for her little girl. She wouldn’t take them because in the books Madeline goes to a convent school in France and that was too religious!! I was speechless. Anyone familiar with the Madeline books knows they are not about religion but about a precocious school girl. My friend wasn’t going to take any chances on exposing her child to something regarding religion and turned down free books by Bemelmans. So sad.

  4. I really think I’ve heard of it – perhaps on commercials on TV?? I saw a snippet recently about a movie about Peter Rabbit that looked ADORABLE! If that comes out, you and the girls have got to go! We are reading “Wonder” at school and the movie about the book comes out tomorrow. The teacher I work for in that class plans to motor to Columbus to view it this weekend. Back to the wise cracking animals, etc., if you are going to hold the attention of kids today, it takes a different approach!

  5. I want to go and see this with one or both of my grandchildren. Hope it is as good as it looks, and that they have done it tastefully and soundly.

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