Journey to the Christmas Star is a great family movie. It tells the tail of a young Norwegian king Kongen, played by Anders Baasmo Christiansen, who was angry and bitter from losing his wife that he curses the Christmas star and flings his kingdom into darkness. In his dismay and trouble he realizes that his young daughter, Princess Goldenhair, is taken and until he makes right with the Christmas star he will never see his daughter again. In another part of town an orphan girl, Sonya, is being treated as a slave to petty thieves and when she makes a break for it, she finds herself in the king's castle. Hearing his tail of woe about his lose and the curse on his kingdom, she immediately springs into action to assist the king.
Unfortunately there is an evil adviser and witch, played by acclaimed actress Agnes Kittelson, who will stop at nothing to keep the curse intact. They devise several plans to stop the young girl from finding the Christmas star but to no avail. When the young girl returns to the kingdom she witnesses the king giving up hope and about to sign over his kingdom to an impersonator of his long lost daughter. Eventually, it is revealed that Sonja, played by newcomer Vilde Marie Zeiner, is actually the king's long lost daughter and the Christmas star returns.
This movie was heartwarming and funny. Although the animation was off it was still a good tale for families and young children to enjoy. The movie delivered a message of hope for anyone who is about to lose hope. It is a great holiday film to add to any collection. It has no suggestive or crude language like most PG rated movie. The kids will be sure to root for young Sonja's bravery as she meets many characters including Father Christmas on her journey to find the Christmas star. This is a short film, only 77 minutes so it's great for a nice family night.