The Book of Life Monday, 13 July 2020

The Book of Life

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    PG: Mild themes and animated violence.

  • The pitch:

    Plays from the heart.

  • Starring:

    (voices of): Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum, Ron Perlman, Christina Applegate, Ice Cube, Kate del Castillo, Hector Elizondo, Danny Trejo

  • Directed by:

    Jorge R. Gutiérrez

  • Running time:

    95 minutes

  • Rated:

    PG (Australia), U (UK), PG (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Characters are hit with objects, slapped, hair-pulled, thrown through the air, slammed into walls, near-hit with sword, struck by lightning, punched, crushed, tackled, bitten, decapitated (comic), elbowed. An animal is eaten. Boar/bull-fighting, sword-fighting practice, sword-brandishing. Objects thumped, smashed glass. Bomb, explosions, burning objects, burning village, buildings collapse. Screaming. Blood/gore: Dead characters/corpses, skeletons, skulls. Limbs fall off. Coma mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Kissing. Skimpy clothing, shirtless man.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (spirits, goblets). Betting. Intoxication.

  • LANGUAGE:

    Butt. Name-calling. Religious references.

  • THEMES:

    Día de Muertos, Day of the Dead, love triangles, rivalry, death, eternal life, ancestors, bullfighting, storytelling, bandidos, mariachi, heroes, courage, medallions, cheating, the underworld, resurrection, weddings, guided tours, sacrifice, forgiveness, love.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Deceased mother, deceased fathers, deceased loves, deceased daughter, deceased son, deceased grandmother. Cemetery, wedding, church settings. Marriage proposal. Ghosts, skulls, full moon, lightning, thunder, waterfalls, fireworks. Goats, goat poo, birds, bird poo, chickens, pigs, piglet, dog, horse, pigeons, snake, snakebites, bulls. Spitballs, spitting, urination, chattering teeth, burp, raspberry-blowing. Roast fowl. Brief subtitles (porcine language).

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Winsome, hyperactive, charming, surprising, engrossing, vibrant, poignant, dazzling, inventive, warm, traditional, new, riotous, enchanting, bouyant, passionate, gorgeous. Giddy voice cast, spectacular colours, breathtaking animation, stunning production design, clever jokes, gorgeous sight gags, inspired musical choices, kid-friendly duration.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Overstuffed, clichéd  Formulaic plot, original songs aren't as memorable as they should be, cheesy one-liners, incongruous use of pop-culture references.

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