The Book of Life

October 21, 2014

Manolo (Diego Luna) and Maria (Zoe Saldana) in THE BOOK OF LIFE.

Directed by: Jorge R. Gutierrez

Written by: Jorge Gutierrez, Doug Langdale

Cast: Diego Luna as Manolo (voice), Channing Tatum as Joaquin (voice), Zoe Saldana as Maria (voice), Christina Applegate as Mary Beth (voice), Eugenio Derbez, Cheech Marin as Pancho Rodriguez (voice), Gabriel Iglesias as Pepe Rodriguez (voice), Ron Perlman as Xibalba (voice)

Rating: PG

Running Time: 95 minutes

A lively and vibrant-looking animation, THE BOOK OF LIFE is bookended by an unnecessary storytelling device of a present day museum guide regaling the story of two young Mexicans, Manolo (Diego Luna) and Joaquin (Channing Tatum), vying for the love of a young Mexican woman, Maria (Zoe Saldana), to a bunch of school kids. After a slow start establishing the love triangle, the film does pick up its pace and becomes enjoyable. The animation itself is colorful and unique—the people of the Mexican village are created like wooden toys! Overall, it is a fun experience, but not a great one.

Grade: B

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