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Movie Review: Book of Life

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Release Date: October 17, 2014
ESRB Rating: G

 

I recently saw The Book of Life and was extremely pleased with the movie.  It is a wildly inventive 3D computer animated musical comedy film produced by Reel FX Creative Studios and distributed by 20th Century Fox, and is voice cast with some notable actors including Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum and Ron Perlman. The casting for this movie is truly perfect, and the actors do not disappoint.

The 90 min film is jammed pack and rich in Mexican culture, some which may be more extravagant than a younger audience could comprehend, but contains likeable characters that are relatable to the audience.

The film depicts the story of a small Mexican town named San Angel, wherein two best friends, Manolo (a boy from a family of bullfighters that has a passion for music) and Joaquin (an adventurer who wishes to be a solider) are in a constant competition for the affection of the same girl, Maria. On the Day of The Dead, two gods, La Muerte- ruler of the Land of the Remembered and Xibalba- ruler of the Land of Forgotten make a bet on which boy would grow up to gain the affection of Maria. This bet, would be the main focus of the story, and lead Manolo, Joaquin and Maria down a complex path of love and betrayal.

Overall the best thing of this movie is that it is so relatable. The basis of the film is underlined in two lessons, one being never forgetting those who are part of your life whether alive or gone, and secondly, that in life, the book is a blank canvas that we each write our own story and path. Manolo tried to be the bullfighter that his family name destined him to be, but its through his passion for life, support of his remembered family and eternal love of Maria that helped him to forge ahead and write his own destiny.

This movie is a great mix of catchy musical numbers, vivid animation and an addictive love story all rolled into one. It has something for the family, full of comical quips, battle scenes and a storyline that will be keeping you wanting more.

Book of Life Official Website: http://www.bookoflifemovie.com/

Reel FX Creative Studios Website: http://www.reelfx.com/

 

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