The Book of Life Movie Review

Posted on: October 20th, 2014by
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About The Book of Life

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.

This movie is beautiful and colorful and opens our world to the traditions of Mexico.

This movie is beautiful and colorful and opens our world to the traditions of Mexico.


This past weekend I took the children to see The Book of Life with their Girl Scout troop. Despite being a children’s movie I can say that this will be one of my new favorite Halloween movies. The Book of Life starts out as some wayward children enter a “boring” museum to learn about Dia de los Muertos or “Day of the dead”.


Why I enjoyed the movie The Book of Life

  • It’s a love story so mom will like it too. I enjoyed The Book of Life because it included a love story. Two men, best friends, “fighting” over a women. One has the passion of music while the other is destined to be one of the best fighters of all time.
  • As parents we have this idea of how we wish our children will be when they grow up and certain things we hope they do, like following in the footsteps of their ancestors or family members. In this movie we learn that sometimes we can’t always choose what our child will do and sometimes they know in their heart what they want to be. Manolo wants to fill his father’s wishes of becoming a famous bullfighter like all his family members before him but how can he do that when he doesn’t want to kill a bull. He says “Killing the bull isn’t right.” I love his compassion and how it shows sometimes the path we choose for our children isn’t what they want.
  • I loved the characters that rule over the Land of the Forgotten and the Land of the Remembered. They love each other dearly and make a bet, what kind of bet do they make? You have to watch the movie to find out!
  • Learning about the traditions of another culture was great. Watching them dance and celebrate with love ones they lost was beautiful to watch. I love how the scene was depicted where you could see a little ghostly image of their family members visiting them (as long as they are remembered they will always be).


I don’t really have any negatives for this movie. There are somethings that are over your child’s head depending on their age but I don’t see anything that was questionable. There is death of course but actually no blood or gore. There is bathroom humor in the beginning of the movie. There is love but there is only one real kiss at the end of the movie (I won’t tell you who though!). I think this movie is a great movie for all different ages of children. My children watched the movie from start to finish without even leaving the movie theater.


Go see The Book of Life with the kids, a new Halloween classic for years to come.



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