The Book of Life

The Book of Life

DVD - 2015
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In the Mexican town of San Angel, Manolo (Diego Luna), Maria (Zoe Saldana) and Joaquin (Channing Tatum) have been friends ever since childhood. Although their lives have taken different paths -- Maria was sent to Europe, Joaquin joined the military, and Manolo studied to become a bullfighter -- one thing remains the same: Manolo and Joaquin both want to marry Maria. Little does the trio know that battling husband-and-wife deities have made a high-stakes wager on the love triangle's outcome.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2015
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 95 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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midnightvupecula Feb 26, 2015

I agree with what kevfarley said; great animation and multi-cultural story telling.


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the_bookwyrm
Nov 02, 2017

It's ridiculous how much I loved this film when it was announced. I watched it in theaters twice, bought the art book, and I now own the movie at home.

Jorge R. Gutierrez's work incorporates fun visuals with Mexican culture. There's a genuine love and celebration of his heritage in the things he makes, and The Book of Life is an excellent example.

I love the score, with its mix of jukebox musical and original songs. I love the amount of detail that was put into the outfits. I love how everything has a wooden texture to it, as it is a story told with dolls. I love the fluidity of the Candlemaker's movements, like he's made of soft wax. The songs at Maria's balcony and the apology scene are my favorite ones--and I have a bias towards the Spanish version; Diego Luna's voice is gorgeous. I love the colorful chaos of the Land of the Living, and I love how mechanical and threatening Chakal looks in contrast to the more organic and softer looking Manolo and Joaquin.

I could continue to gush, but I think my position is pretty clear--this is a very good film.

LPL_FisherA Jun 13, 2017

The Book of Life is an underrated, animated Día de los Muertos gem that was released in 2014, directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez, and produced by the legendary Guillermo del Toro. The story follows a young romantic named Manolo who must embark on a Herculean journey through the world of the dead to be reunited with is beloved Maria before she chooses someone else (all while saving the city from the terrifying bandit Chakal). With vibrant visuals, an intriguing cast of characters, and a unique animation style that is somewhere between stop motion and commonplace 3D modeling, The Book of Life is a fun film with a lot of heart and catchy musical numbers to boot.

Library_Jill May 09, 2017

A fun animated adventure showcasing Mexican culture and celebrating el Dia de los Muertos. I enjoyed the music--though I was surprised to hear a few contemporary pop songs covered and slipped into the story--and the art style was unique and colorful. I loved the classic folk-tale feel of the story that persisted in spite of more contemporary dialogue and humor.

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dylankemp
Oct 12, 2016

Nice easy fun for anyone from about 6 up. Not my favourite movie, just a bit of family fun. Grab it for the kids for a rainy Saturday.

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Firo
Aug 02, 2016

The scene playing the Apology Song is just beautiful.

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britprincess1ajax
May 09, 2016

A beautiful fun-for-the-whole-family tale, injected with just the right dose of adult humour to balance out the cutesy stuff that caters to kids. It was much better than I expected, based on the trailers. It's an interesting change of pace, regarding the line between life and death, especially when told through the context of the Latin holiday Dias de los Muertos. I was entertained by it, so I'd recommend it.

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joywolf83
Jan 18, 2016

I like the guys who were competing for the main girls hand. I enjoyed that she would tell them if they weren't behaving. Great about mexican culture. Beautiful to watch.

abray Nov 23, 2015

Great for the whole family, love the animation and the music soundtrack.

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Nursebob
Nov 18, 2015

Set in a storybook Mexico with action that spans the world of the living and the worlds of the dead, director Jorge R. Gutiérrez’s exuberant animated feature practically leaps off the screen in a swirl of music and cartoon pandemonium. The subject matter (life, death, and what comes next) may be Tim Burton territory but Gutiérrez’s Latin sensibilities eschew the former’s dark palette of greys and blues for an explosion of bright crayon colours instead, presenting us with an Aztec fantasyland where everyone and everything seems to be constructed of wooden blocks and Lego pieces. The humour spans all generations, the kickass songs (including a hit from Radiohead and two originals from Paul Williams) are definitely hummable, and the onscreen adventures suggest a beautifully warped imagination. Cool stuff!

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princesspupule
Nov 13, 2015

did not really care for the art--
the extremely distorted figures were disconcerting many characters resembled pigs
not certain why all characters were marionettes
of course there was all the glib contemporary jargon that did not necessarily fit the culture--
some merit in a production showcasing a rich cultural tradition --on the other hand the media exposure can lead to El Dia de Los Muertos becoming trendy ---which would be a shame

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lizzie66
Nov 26, 2016

After The gods make a wager. Manolo has a simple dream. For his friend Maria to marry him and to be a professional musician. But Manolo's father tries to force him to be bullfighter and on top of that, Joaquin: Manolo's best friend, is battling to capture Maria's heart to! Manolo faces great troubles and adventures. Manolo died from a snake and gives up hope, for Joaquin is getting ready for a marriage. But then some unexpected people shows up at San Angles..

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DanielleH_0
Aug 08, 2015

The Gods of death make a wager about who a young girl will fall in love with.

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DanielleH_0
Aug 08, 2015

The world keeps spinning, and the tales keep turning, and people come and people go, but they're never forgotten. And the one truth we know, it held true one more time... That love, true love, the really, really good kind of love never dies.

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DanielleH_0
Aug 08, 2015

Go write your own stories.

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