The Star is a weak narrative with very little to offer anyone even vaguely familiar with the story of Christmas
The Star is one of those films that rides along the coat tails of so many other productions and ideas, hoping that no one looks at it long enough to notice what it’s doing. Aside from the obvious retelling of the Christmas story, it is literally filled with cheap copies of characters and moments from so many better animated films.
Bo (Steven Yeun) is a donkey, desperate to become part of a traveling caravan instead of working in the mill with his father. When he gets the chance to escape, he grasps the opportunity with both hands but instead ends up following Mary (Gina Rodriguez), a lady pregnant with a very important baby.
Aside from being a poor retelling of one of the most famous religious stories of all time, The Star is a weak narrative with very little to offer anyone even vaguely familiar with the story of Christmas. Lead character Bo is a terrible rip-off of Donkey from Shrek and the side characters are so formulaic to most sub-par children’s films, The Star ends up looking like one massive cliche.
It isn’t fun and it isn’t interesting as it plods along with a poor quality of animation and no original content whatsoever. There are far better animated films to watch this Christmas that The Star can’t even touch the coat tails of.