The Book of Life somehow stuffs a love triangle and a story about self-identity into a cosmology shaped heavily by the mythology of Mexico's Day of the Dead. Death, unsurprisingly, looms over the film's three main characters: Manolo the reluctant bullfighter (voiced by Diego Luna), Joaquin the cocky soldier (Channing Tatum), and Maria the scholarly, willful, kung fu-trained anti-princess (Zoe Saldana). But that weight's also been balanced by a surprising amount of lightness and whimsy—thanks to some of the most stunning animation and set design you'll ever see. (As if a kids' movie produced by Guillermo del Toro wouldn't look beautiful)(95 min.).
Director: Jorge Gutierrez
Producer: Guillermo del Toro, Aaron Berger, Brad Booker and Carina Schulze
Cast: Diego Luna, Zoë Saldana, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, Ron Perlman, Christina Applegate, Kate del Castillo, Cheech Marin, Placido Domingo, Héctor Elizondo, Ana de la Reguera, Eugenio Derbez, Gabriel Iglesias, Ricardo Sanchez, Danny Trejo and Grey Griffin