The book of life is a fantastic movie. First of all, this is a movie with no actors on the screen, not real actors at least. It is a 3D computer-animated film, and what a terrific animation did the director Jorge Rodriguez. Other categories in which we can place this piece are adventure, fantasy, comedy and romance. It tells the story of the main character Manolo who is into a situation in which he has to decide if he fulfill his family expectations about his life or just follow his heart and do what he wants to do with his life, which is opposite to his family’s wish. But meanwhile he decides lots of fun and so fun things happen.
Manolo is played by Diego Luna who has fallen in loved with María played by Zoe Saldana. There is a magic moment when María is also captivated by Manolo while he sings creep by Radiohead but with a little ranchera style. There’s a lot of beautiful singing in this film but this is not the typical fairy tale, contrary to a typical Disney movie the main character dies. But this is the point where the real adventure begins. He have to go though three worlds and he has to overcome certain challenges to meet María again.
I fully recommend this film. It has something for everybody: colors are bright, the animation is wonderful, very original characters design, the acting is spectacular, the music was made by one of the best: Gustavo Santaolalla, unexpected things happen every minute. Children and adults will laugh a lot. So as soon as it comes out go an enjoy it.