I think I remember seeing a preview for the Book of Life in front of one of the animated movies I went and saw in the last ten months, but I don’t remember which one. I think I remember seeing that preview and thinking that the movie looked interesting. A few people popped up on my tumblr feed and talked about why the movie was so good and worth supporting and how it wasn’t racist and was beautifully done, which then reminded me that the movie was actually in theaters now. So I went to see it and I’m glad I did.
This review will be very short because I have no desire to talk about spoilers and ruin things for people who likely haven’t seen the movie. If you’ve seen the movie and want to talk about it in detail, feel free to drop me a line 🙂
The opening scene with the just the logo for the production company blew my mind away. The camera traveled through space and it was one of the more beautiful introductions I’ve seen. DreamWorks has their kid on the moon, Disney has their giant castle, and Pixar has the lamp, but none of that compared even slightly to the five or so seconds of traveling through graphically designed space.
With that said, the animation style for the Book of Life really did require some getting used to. We’re so used to seeing animation that looks more real than real life these days that some people might not like or appreciate exactly how beautiful the Book of Life is. The colors and the style alone make the movie amazing. I think that this movie talks about a subject like death very nicely because death is never actually mentioned. If you’re no longer here, it’s because you went on to the Land of the Remembered. Once you’re no longer remembered, you move to the land of the Forgotten. No one wants to be forgotten. So when Manolo finds himself celebrating in the Land of the Remembered but learns that his one true love is not in the Land of the Remembered, he takes up a journey to find her and also to save both the realms of the Forgotten and the Land of the Remembered.
The music in this movie is fantastic and I enjoyed it greatly, as well as the voice talents who did a great job with each of their characters.
Every now and then, the movie would surprise me and I would laugh out loud.
The only issue I had with the movie was the love story, but that’s more because I’m not too keen on typical love stories. I never have been and I never will be.
Overall, I’d say the movie is a solid three for me. The only reason it’s not ranked higher is because of the love story, and love stories just aren’t my cup of tea.