Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart, embarks on an adventure that spans three fantastic worlds where he must face his greatest fears.
Alexander's day begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by more calamities. Though he finds little sympathy from his family and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him, his mom, dad, brother, and sister all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.
From producer Guillermo del Toro and director Jorge Gutierrez comes an animated comedy with a unique visual style. 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. Before choosing which path to follow, he embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds where he must face his greatest fears. 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. Written by
20th Century Fox
The screen play had a substantial re-write by Paul Chart, one of the top script doctors in the industry. The original title of the story was, "El Matador", changed to, "Day of the Dead", changed again to it's current, "The Book of Life". The story was re-worked in October of 2011. See more »
Manolo is a kid from a bull fighting family who would rather play guitar and sing than kill bulls (but isn't a bad bull fighter when he must), Joaquin is another local boy who receives a medal that makes him invincible. They compete for the love of the beauty Maria, and their competition leads to wagering among the gods. Along the way their saga involves the evil Chakal, who menaces their town. This was good off the beaten track stuff, here's where it fares better than Disney: 1) there was very little formula to this, there was really little way to figure where this was going; 2) the running time was where it should be, unlike some padded Disney features; and 3) they minimized (but didn't eliminate) the standard goofy cartoon caricatures (like the fat guy who loves to eat). Here's what I didn't like as much: 1) the story didn't really really grab me for whatever reason, I'm not sure why; and 2) I didn't get Ice Cube's rendition of the Candlemaker in the least, it didn't fit at all and significantly detracted from the movie. I did like the way they wrapped things up, which is why it hit an eight on my ratings.
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