Director: Jorge Gutierrez
Starring: Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Rated: PG (For mild action, rude humor, some thematic elements and brief scary images)
What's also nice is that this is not a film that attempts to Americanize Mexican culture or make an attempt to tear down the culture barriors. No, this is a film that celebrates them, crafting a wildly inventive story around a countries unique beliefs and customs. What's more, “The Book of Life” features colorful and eccentric characters that are instantly memorable and easy to like. Even the bad guy is sympathetic, as his ultimate goal is not to rule over the world or kill anyone; he just wants to live in a less dreary place. He rules the Land of the Forgotten, where dead souls who are forgotten go when there is no one left who remembers them and they simply cease to exist. His girlfriend, La Muerte (Kate del Castillo), rules the Land of the Remembered, where souls who are remembered live to party in some of the most colorful animation I've ever seen.
Parents, there are images of death, but the film remains surprisingly cheerful. Recommended for ages 7 and up.