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Book of Life

Book of Life
Starring:
Voices of: Diego Luna Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum, Ron Perlman, Christina Applegate, Ice Cube and Kate del Castillo


Rated: PG for mild action, rude humor, some thematic elements and brief scary images.
Reviewed by: Dave  
Release date: October 17, 2014 Released by: Twentieth Century Fox

Mexican folklore tale Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) is thoughtfully portrayed by director, Guillermo del Toro. Similar in tone and spirit to Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Book of Life distinguishes itself as a true original. Intent on educating the viewer, it is reminiscent of early Disney films Saludos Amigos (1942), and The Three Caballeros (1944).
 
Always respectful of the material, del Toro weaves the mythical and the mystical into a potent display honoring Latin American tradition. The Book of Life succeeds on numerous levels. The storytelling is first-rate and the visuals are on equal standing with  Yellow Submarine (1968), and Fantastic Planet (1973).
 
The Book of Life is a terrific animated feature which conveys a strong message of cultural pride and respect. Highly recommended.

  Frank Chris Jim Dave Nina Sam Howard Jennifer Kathleen  Avg. 
Book of Life  B      C+   B+                  B 

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