“Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart, embarks on an adventure that spans three fantastic worlds where he must face his greatest fears.”
The first thing about this movie that really jumps out at you is just of beautiful it is. The majority of the movie is done in this wonderful brought to life wooden doll animation which when the day of the dead aesthetics are added to it are simply stunning. It’s definitely one of the best looking animations you will see this year. The story itself while simple does well to be as multifaceted as possible. The characters are very likeable here also and all the voice work by this cast is very well done. The movie does lack in some original music, and we have seen with movies like Frozen just how much that can help the success of a movie. It also does skew a bit young, in its presentation and overall character arcs, but its definitely entertaining enough for older viewers and still touching enough to pull on the oldest hardest of heart strings. All in all The Book of Life is not the best animated movie you will see for the year, but it does what it has too well enough in a beautiful package.
Review Score : 7.5 out of 10