As a pre-Christmas treat yesterday (and because we did not go to the local Festival of Trees this weekend) we all went to see The Star.
As we have watched the commercials over the last few weeks one daughter told me, repeatedly, that she really wanted to see it. In part because she loves the Christmas story (every year she buys a Nativity scene tree ornament) but also (and related) in part because she wanted to see what they got wrong so she could tell them.
SHe has a bit of attitude that one, and is definitely a PK.
Anyway we took a wintry afternoon and went to the theater. Lived here for 7.5 years and this was the second time I had set foot in the movie complex -- we don't do movies very much.
It was good. Even the daughter who wanted to see what they got wrong only had one complaint -- that they told the story well enough that she had nothing to complain about (did I mention she has a bit of attitude?)
There are a lot of additions to the tale as told by Matthew and Luke, but you have to do that because there is not enough detail in the Biblical text to make a whole movie. And I really wish we would stop telling Christmas stories that try to pretend that Matthew and Luke are telling the same story or try to merge them into one narrative. On the other hand I was impressed that they included Herod's murderous intentions --many people would try to ignore that part (though it did give a sense of conflict into the tale). But on the whole they stayed consistent with the Biblical text of the "greatest story ever told".
It would be interesting to watch the movie with children less schooled in the story. Because of the chracterizations and the genre I am sure any child would like it but for our girls knowing the story made a lot of difference.
Might have to suggest that it become part of the church library if/when it comes out on DVD.