Review By Monique Thompson
Next up on the animated movie list is Reel FX & 20th Century Fox Animation’s The Book Of LIfe. Digitalized in 3D, Manolo Sanchez and Joaquin are competing to win the heart of the beautiful Maria. Manolo is dedicated to maintaining his family’s legacy of being legendary bull fighters and Joaquin on the other hand is the arrogant type who’s confident he’ll win Maria. Meanwhile, two spirits from the afterlife, La Muerte and Xibalba have made a bet as to whom they think will win Maria’s love.
Worried that he may lose the bet, Xibalba orders a snake to kill Manola sending him to the afterlife, obviously far away from Maria. In order to get back to life and his true love Maria, Manola must conquer his fears and go with his gut. He’s a bull fighter who’s disappointed many of his ancestors because he refuses to actually kill a bull and he also loves to sing and play his guitar.
The Book of Life is a great example of one of those animated movies that is definitely funny, but still manages to have a valid purpose. While Manola is considered the underdog when it comes to winning Maria, he never gives up. While Joaquin isn’t always playing fairly, Manola sticks to this values and understands true love will win in the end. With plenty of funny moments, parents will also enjoy the humor that goes right over the little ones head’s keeping you entertained from start to finish.
Diego Luna as Manolo
Zoe Saldana as Maria
Channing Tatum as Joaquin
Also featuring voice-over by Ice Cube, Christina Applegate, Ron Perlman, Kate del Castillo, and Cheech Marin
Running Time: 95 minutes
In Theaters October 17th, 2014