The Book of Life


Action / Adventure / Animation / Comedy / Family / Fantasy / Horror / Musical / Romance

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 82%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 78%
IMDb Rating 7.3 10 55986


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Christina Applegate as Mary Beth
Channing Tatum as Joaquin
Zoe Saldana as Maria
Ron Perlman as Xibalba
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1.44 GB
23.976 fps
1hr 35 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Animated Antic 8 / 10

A flawed, but still fun film.

If there is something I love in an animated movie, it's a story that takes us to other worlds and lets audiences dive into the cultures of foreign countries. It's always nice to see audiences learning about peoples traditions around the world. So, I'll be happy to say that you might enjoy "The Book of Life". However, I'll just say that this movie has flaws. A lot of them. Some of them actually did annoy me to the point where I began to think that I would hate the film overall. Luckily, that was not the case. I'll get to why this movie has some problems in a little bit, but first let me tell you the story of the film.

As a bunch of students from a school are given a secret museum tour, the tour lady begins to tell them the tale revolving around the Book of Life. It revolves around two boys named Manolo (Diego Luna) and Joaquín (Channing Tatum) trying to win the hand of the lovely girl María (Zoe Saldana) unaware that the boys are actually part of a bet made by the spirits who rule the Land of the Remembered and Forgotten respectively, La Muerte (Kate del Castillo) and Xibalba (Ron Perlman). Though both tries to get her hand, neither seems to succeed due to the problems of their families. However, when an incident involving María seems to get her killed, Manolo decides that he wants to see her with all his heart, unaware that he will be accidentally sent to the Land of the Remembered by Xibalba. After discovering the wager and realizes that Xibalba cheated, Manolo swears to try to get back to the Land of the Living in order to protect the village from an incoming danger which I won't spoil.

At first when the film started, I will admit that I wasn't exactly getting into the film. Though its story had started with promise, some annoying moments which will be brought up in a bit really were getting on my nerves. However, when our lead gets to the Land of the Remembered, the film really picked up its pace and became both exciting and funny. I loved how much creativity was put into the movie and the cultural elements that were put into the movie though I feel that some elements could have been treated with more respect which is strange considering this is from a Mexican director with help from famed director Guilllelmo del Toro. As for it's animation, this was definitely the highlight of the movie. It's absolutely beautiful. There was so much color and life put into it leading to some very eye-popping moments. As for the characters, they have some charm to them. I think my favorite character in the movie was Maria. I loved how she actually had some toughness put into her and Zoe Saldana really put a lot of edge to her making her very relatable. Now let's get to my problems. One was the music choice. Considering this film is set in Mexico, there were some weird moments were music like Ode to Joy and Carmen were played and just left me scratching my head. Some of the humor at the beginning was also a little immature and did annoy me though it heavily improved when we got to the Land of the Remembered. I also feel that the film won't be timeless. For example, Maira states while she was in Europe she took fencing lessons which made sense, though later during the climax, she also says she learned kung fu. Wait, hold on a second. Kung fu? Where did that come from? Elements like that made no sense. However, what really annoyed me about the film were the song choices. Throughout the movie they put in some mariachi covers of songs like "I Will Wait" by Mumford and Sons and even "Creep" by Radiohead. I mean seriously? Who in the world wants to hear a mariachi cover of Creep? I really don't know who and in all honestly don't want to know. That's really all the flaws I had.

"The Book of Life" does have a lot of problems, but luckily the film did improve and allowed me to give this film a recommendation. Though the story does have a slow start, it does improve and it's animation is definitely what makes it worth watching. When you watch it though, just be prepared to sit through a few less than stellar moments.

Reviewed by Daniel Dell 8 / 10

An underrated film

I personally love this film. It was really good. Not only does it capture the Day of the Dead very well, but it is both funny AND emotional. No wonder Reel FX learned after the disaster they caused with Free Birds.

I think Jorge R. Gutierrez must've been influenced by Don Bluth and/or even John R. Dilworth when it comes to making this film, and that is awesome.

I love the animation, the characters, the humor, the acting, a lot of things in this movie are really good.

I even enjoyed the song "No Matter Where You Are". Even my mom loved this film. I find Manolo a very likable character.

I highly recommend this film if you're looking for an animated Day of the Dead film, other than Disney and Pixar's Coco.

Reviewed by elicopperman 8 / 10

Write Your Own Story

It's not often when you get a movie made in America that celebrates a foreign holiday as Did De Los Muertos, yet here comes a passion project from Jorge R. Gutierrez called The Book of Life, a film that is more of a visual film compared to it's basic story, but is nonetheless a great love letter to Mexican culture and to those who want to choose their own destiny.

Right off the bat, the animation never holds back in it's creativity, from the highly vibrant colors, to Gutierrez's joyful cartoony character designs, to the Mexicana backgrounds, and some of the finest effects animation I've ever seen in computer animation to date. What really makes the characters stand out is how they are made as puppets to recreate the sense that it is a story told through fantasy. But the true highlight of the visuals is the Land of the Remembered, and without giving away anything, it knocks the cultural and artistic aspect of the movie out of the ball park, though I wish we spent a little longer there....buttersauce.

Admittedly, the story is kinda generic in concept, complete with several clichés you would find in modern day animated films, but the main characters are charming and likable in their own way so it makes the experience a delight. Even the supporting cast all have their own quirks and charming personalities that work well to present them as lovable and memorable, although the villain was kinda forgettable. And even at that, the execution is just beautiful, from the passionate love triangle, to the songs that elevate the main character, and even the message to do what you feel is right rather than what others say.

Overall, while its story is kinda formulaic, The Book of Life redeems itself tremendously with stunning animation, charming characters, such sweet romance, and such passion and respect for Mexican culture. Jorge Gutierrez has not really made another film as of now, but with a directorial debut this good, I cannot wait to see what else he has under his belt. Gracias Senior Gutierrez, and I look forward to that "Citizen Kane of wresting movies" you've got planned for the future.

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