Sony Pictures’ The Star opened in theaters nationwide on Nov. 17, creating a buzz among Christian and non-Christian moviegoers. For adults, the film fills in the gaps in the biblical account of the months preceding Jesus’ birth. It adds depth to characters that otherwise play only supporting roles in the Gospel narratives, mainly Joseph. For children, the movie is sure to entertain with fun animation, silly antics and a well-told story. Both young and old are sure to enjoy this imaginative take on the greatest story ever told.
While it has already faced criticism for its blend of playfulness and solemnity, The Star has found favor among members of the general public. Seventy-five percent of moviegoers who rated the film on Rotten Tomatoes approve of its idiosyncratic charm.
Indeed, it is the fresh perspective on this timeless story that makes it so charming. The Star reimagines the months leading up to the birth of Jesus and shows it to us through the eyes of some colorful animal characters.