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Book of Life Review

Sydney Merryman, Crown Staff

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Rating: 5 out of 5

Rating: PG

Directed by: Jorge R. Gutierrez

Starring: Zoe Saldana, Diego Luna, Channing Tatum, and Ice Cube

The Book of Life was a breakthrough movie that had amazing animation, voice acting, and story. It actually and shows the audience some of Mexico’s culture, such as the Day of the Dead celebration. Something that this movie did, that others typically have not, is to have characters voiced by actors of the same ethnicity so most of the cast is of Mexican descent.

The story is about three friends: Maria, Manolo, and Joaquin, who are reunited after one of them was sent away when they were younger. The movie shows the struggle of the friends trying to be themselves while people around them try to tell them who they should be. They struggle with the fact that both Manolo and Joaquin are interested in Maria while Maria herself wants to be independent. While the love triangle factor was a bit cheesy, the movie made up for it in the end.

It had an overall positive feedback from many people, even people way above the targeted audience. The music such as the song No Matter Where You Are by Us The Duo also helped with the positive reviews. To prove the point of it being a good movie, The Book of Life was nominated for twenty-six awards and got a seven out of ten by critics.

While it is a good movie and very well received among all audiences, The Book of Life does have a few problems. Such as the overused idea about two boys both falling in love with their female friend. Though the movie tries to redeem itself through beautiful animation and great voice acting. Though the plot was refreshing and focused on friendship and acceptance, it did not quite compare to the amazing animation, casting, and music.

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