October 17, 2014~~
It was a short day at school today. The kids were sent home at noon. My “sitter” duties started earlier. As a wise sitter, I invited Angelika (my oldest grand-daughter) to the movies. We had a quick lunch and headed to the theater.
Fridays have become a “tradition”. That the day we have a “date”: movies and dinner.
She really wanted to see this one. I wasn’t sure but …. Angelika can very easily get what she wants out of me.
And I was glad … didn’t expect this movie to be so good and entertaining. And it will be a “sure repeat”!
“WHAT IS IT WITH MEXICANS AND DEATH?!”
(… a line from the movie)
A charming tribute to Mexican culture and its Day of the Dead holiday, director Jorge R. Gutierrez and producer Guillermo del Toro’s The Book of Life follows three childhood friends – Manolo (Diego Luna), Maria (Zoe Saldana), and Joaquin (Channing Tatum) – whose romantic fates become the subject of a wager between two married deities: La Muerte (Kate del Castillo), who oversees the Land of the Remembered, and Xibalba (Ron Perlman), ruler of the Land of the Forgotten.
The Book of Life is a 2014 American 3D computer-animated adventure musical comedy film produced by Reel FX Creative Studios and distributed by 20th Century Fox. Co-written and directed by Jorge Gutierrez, the film stars the voices of Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, and Channing Tatum with supporting roles by Christina Applegate, Ice Cube, Ron Perlman, and Kate del Castillo. The film was theatrically released on October 17, 2014.
The film is described as the journey of Manolo Sánchez, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. In love with the beautiful María, yet having to battle with the affections of the charming Joaquín, to win her heart, the spirits La Muerte and Xibalba bet on who will win María.
Afraid to lose the bet after María falls for Manolo, Xibalba sends a snake to kill Manolo, hoping that will result in Joaquín becoming María’s lover. In order to return to the human world and to María, Manolo embarks on an incredible journey that spans three fantastical worlds where he must face his greatest fears armed with only his wits, his guitar, and his two swords.
“As it appears in …. “
Mexican folklore gets the full 3-D animated treatment in one of the most visually dazzling films of the year.
At first, director Jorge Gutiérrez and producerGuillermo Del Toro (director of “Pan’s Labyrinth” and “Pacific Rim”) seem to be offering just another joke-a-minute family flick, complete with lessons about believing in yourself. Soon, though, things heat up with blasts of color and a vibrant Meso american myth.
Manolo (voiced by Diego Luna) yearns to be a musician, but hails from a legendary line of bullfighters. He’s in love with the independent Maria (Zoe Saldana), but so is Joaquin (Channing Tatum), a soldier obsessed with his medals (and his mustache). Above it all, La Muerte and Xibalba, skeletal spirits from the afterlife, wager over who will win Maria’s heart.
“As it appears in … ”
The Book of Life Official Trailer
Published on May 29, 2014
From producer Guillermo del Toro and director Jorge Gutierrez comes an animated comedy with a unique visual style. THE BOOK OF LIFE is the journey of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. Before choosing which path to follow, he embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds where he must face his greatest fears. Rich with a fresh take on pop music favorites, THE BOOK OF LIFE encourages us to celebrate the past while looking forward to the future.
Director: Jorge Gutierrez
Actors: Channing Tatum, Zoë Saldana, Diego Luna, Ice Cube, Ron Perlman, Christina Applegate, Danny Trejo, Cheech Marin, Kate del Castillo, Eugenio Derbez
We ALL are ONE!!