"The Book of Life" draws comparisons to the animation of Tim Burton. The one diffrence being where Burton's film are dark and macabre "The Book of Life" is a wonderful fiesta of colour and delightful visuals.

With characters drawn to look like Mexican wooden folk figures The Book of Life is a film that should be seen in 3D.

As well as its strong visuals Book of Life has a wonderful story. Manolo (Diego Luna) comes from a line of famous bullfighters, his father wants him to follow in the family footsteps whilst Manolo would rather play his guitar than kill bulls. His friend, the arrogant Joacquin (Channing Tatum) is a man of action who has a chest full of medals. Both only have eyes for Maria (Zoe Salanda) the daughter of the general who is in charge of their Mexican village.

Watching over the three friends are two Gods of the underworld, La Muerte (Kate Del Castillo) and Xiabella (Ron Perlman). La Muerte an honest God oversees the cheery Land of the Remembered whilst Xiabalba a not to be trusted God is in charge of the dreary Land of the Forgotten. The two Gods then have a bet as to who, between Manola and Joacquin, will win the hand of Maria, the winner getting control of the others land. Out to win at any cost Xiabalba then tricks Monolo into thinking that Maria has died and has ventured into the Land of the Remembered so Monolo sets off after her.

As well as plenty of action and comedy there is also a cracking soundtrack, the original score is punctuated by mariachi versions of pop hits such as Mumford and Sons "I Will Wait," and Radiohead's "Creeps"

"The Book of Life" is a visual and entertaining treat that will keep kids and adults amused, just remember and see it in 3D.




The Book of Life 3D (u)

Director: Jorge R. Gutierrez
Starring: (Voiced by) Christina Applegate, Ice Cube, Placido Domingo, Kate del Castillo, Hector Elizondo, Diego Luna, Cheech Marin, Ron Perlman

UK Release: Friday 24th October 2014

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