From producer Guillermo del Toro and director Jorge Gutierrez comes the computer animated fantasy, The Book of Life starring Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Diego Luna, Kate del Castillo, Ron Perlman, and Ice Cube. Xibalba (Ron Perlman) and La Muerte (Kate del Castillo) make the ultimate wager over the Land of the Remembered. The Book of Life takes place in the three fantasy realms of the Land of the Living, The Land of the Remembered, and the Land of the Forgotten. One thing that makes The Book of Life so entertaining is that the movie does a fantastic job explaining all the details. The Book of Life is filled with an all-star cast of actors and actresses lending their voices to give the characters personality.
The Book of Life is a fun and charming family movie about love, friendship, and courage that celebrates Mexican culture and the Day of the Dead holiday in the same way Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas is an homage to Halloween.
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You May Also Like The Book of Life is a 2014 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy film produced by Reel FX Creative Studios and distributed by 20th Century Fox. From producer Guillermo del Toro and director Jorge Gutierrez comes an animated comedy with a unique visual style. It wasn't enough to ruin the whole movie, but I think it takes away from the story as a whole. Is this movie that takes place during the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Mexican holiday, a fun adventure for the whole family or should you just save your money and keep the kids at home?
The only thing I know about the Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is from playing the point and click adventure video game, Grim Fandango.
If you somewhat compare these places to Earth, Heaven, and Hell, then you’ll be able to follow along with the concepts of the story. You do not have to have a college degree in Mexican folklore to appreciate the story and characters. Diego Luna is Manolo, Zoe Saldana is Maria, Channing Tatum is Joaquin, and Ice Cube is the Candle Maker. Compared to other animated movies this year, it’s not as hilarious as The Lego Movie or heartfelt like How to Train Your Dragon 2, but it is still filled with tons of imagination and charm.
It’s absolutely gorgeous to look at and is entertaining for both children and adults. These companies may use information (not including your name, address email address or telephone number) about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you.
The film is described as the journey of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. THE BOOK OF LIFE is the journey of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. As a father of 3, full time parent and student, I am always looking for the next best thing for my family.


The Land of the Living includes the small town of San Angel, Mexico, which according to the Book of Life, is the center of the universe. They are inseparable, but unbeknownst to Maria; Joaquin and Manolo are madly in love with her. I was most impressed with Diego Luna, because not only did he have to learn multiple lines of a script, he also had to sing. The movie starts off a bit slow as to set up the story and characters, but it finishes super strong throughout the second act until the grand finale.
In love with the beautiful Maria, yet having to battle with the affections of the charming Joaquin, the spirits La Muerte and Xibalba bet on who will win Maria. Before choosing which path to follow, he embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds where he must face his greatest fears. Usually I'm not crazy about my favorite books getting made into movies, but the previews for this one looked like they had put a lot into it. The movie lined up with the book pretty well the whole time (in fact I think it was almost a scene for scene replica) UNTIL THE END.
The Land of the Remembered is a happy place that’s colorful and festive, especially on the Day of the Dead.
Once you meet Manolo and Joaquin, it’s really predictable who Maria ends up marrying, but its still a fun journey. If you love holiday mythology movies like The Nightmare Before Christmas or even Rise of the Guardians, then The Book of Life is definitely worth taking the family to. Afraid to lose the bet after Maria falls for Manolo, Xibalba sends a snake to kill Manolo, hoping that will result in Joaquin becoming Maria's lover. The Carnival is open to KIDS, PARENTS and FAMILIES of all ages and is guaranteed to be FUN! Rich with a fresh take on pop music favorites, THE BOOK OF LIFE encourages us to celebrate the past while looking forward to the future.
This is a problem because the end of the book is what made it so special to me for so many years.
Another thing I’ve noticed, is that he is super proud of his heritage and has a passion to tell the tales of his nationality. The story is actually told in modern times by a museum tour guide voiced by Christina Applegate. The music reminded me of how movies like Shrek used Top 40 songs to add fun and personality to the scenes. In order to return to the human world and to Maria, Manolo embarks on an incredible journey that spans three fantastical worlds, where he must face his greatest fears armed with only his wits, his guitar and his two swords. In here you will read about my college journey, family life, entertainment, product reviews, travel and little bit more. As executive producer of The Book of Life, del Toro was able to work with director Jorge Gutierrez and a staff of amazingly skilled computer animators and technicians to bring to life his love letter to Mexican Culture and the Day of the Dead holiday in much the same sense that Tim Burton was able to celebrate goth and Halloween with The Nightmare Before Christmas.


She is dressed in native Mexican attire that makes her look like a beautiful Flamenco dancer and her face is painted like the beautiful sugar skulls that are synonymous with the holiday.
She explains to some rambunctious children on a field trip exactly what the Book of Life is and introduces the characters as little wooden dolls. It’s not going to be easy for Manolo, because Xilbalba have given Joaquin a magical medal that makes him invulnerable and courageous. As she becomes the narrator of the film, the dolls come to life in their own worlds like Mexican Pinocchios on the big screen. The movie isn’t a musical like Frozen or Tangled, but it is filled with quite a lot of music. The Land of the Forgotten is ruled by the sinister Xibalba who is voiced by del Toro regular, Ron Perlman. This is how the movie not only celebrates the holiday, but also becomes a romantic fairy tale based on Mexican Mythology.
The movie is absolutely gorgeous to watch, especially as the characters travel to the different realms. Channing Tatum didn’t do an awful job voicing Joaquin, however, he sounded like a white guy trying to be  Mexican. He rules over the souls of people that if you haven’t already guessed, are forgotten by the loved ones on Earth. After misfortune sends one of the main characters to the Land of the Remembered, the movie switches from romantic tale into folklore fantasy. It wasn’t horrible, but I think actors like Javier Bardem or even Benicio Del Toro would have made for a more authentic character. The movie then begins to then feel like you’re watching a really cool video game with elaborate level designs and brutal boss battles. Other notable actors in the cast are Danny Trejo, Cheech Marin, Gabriel Iglesias, Hector Elizondo, and Placido Domingo. This one I thought was an okay movie, until the end when I thought it was elevated into a good movie.
All three locations are filled with amazing architecture and flair that give The Book of Life a look like you’ve never seen.
My coworker and I talked about religion and the ending the whole way back to the hotel (I saw it when I was on a business trip). It was a decent conversation, but I reminded him of the furious passion I had years ago and he said he could only imagine how much more powerful this must have been in the book. Then I saw the movie and I feel exactly the same as you - I loved the movie but the ending was just so unimportant.



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