I’ve watched this movie, Book of Life, a few times, and I was fortunate enough to watch this again for my Latinx Literature class. I could probably watch it 10 more times before I start to get tired of it. If I had kids, I would probably watch this with them all the time. I love how funny the scenes are. Some of the jokes are a little dated, but I think that has more to do with the fact that some scenes are geared more towards adults. The song selection was a little strange for a film like this. There were snippets of “Just A Friend” by Biz Markie and “Creep” by Radiohead and they just felt a bit out of place.
I like that this movie incorporates Latinx themes such as Dia de Los Muertos and bullfighting. The intro where the tour guide takes the kid on a special tour is probably one of my favorite parts of the movie. The kids are so funny with their reactions to the story of Manolo, Joaquin, and Maria. It’s a cute little love story that’s older than time.
The animation in this movie is really interesting because they decided to make the characters look as if they were made out of wood in a claymation style animation. La Muerte is drawn so beautifully. She is voiced by Kate del Castillo. I think her voice works very well for the character because it comes across as soft and soothing. In her role as Death, she is comforting and nurturing towards the people of the village.
In my experience, don’t count on being able to check this out at the library in October. That’s the only time that it’s popular. Any other time of the year, there are a dozen copies available.
My score: 8/10
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