Friday, September 26, 2014
Two things in particular struck me. First, the visuals were astounding, especially in 3d. I would re-watch just for that alone. Second, I loved *loved* how the movie was so Mexico-centric. It is seeped with Mexican folklore, history and culture through and through - in every frame, in the accent of the actors singing the songs, and even in the jokes. All too often, you see popular movies, books and stories from other countries being adapted and watered down for fear that American movie-goers won't get it. But Book of Life can be held up as a prime counter-point. Yes, it is clearly made by folks with a Mexican background, but it's still perfectly accessible to watchers of any upbringing.
As it's an animated feature, I'm sure a common question might be: How does it compare to Pixar films? Well, Pixar films have gotten quite sophisticated from a storytelling perspective - I mean, after seeing Brave, I seriously wouldn't be surprised if Pixar attempted a non-kids-targeted feature film (sorry for the awkward phrasing - feature film for adults could be construed as something else entirely). Book of Life does emotionally pay out; however, in general, it veers more the comedic route, so I think a good analogy would be Shrek: funny throughout, but reels it in at the end for a touching ending.
All in all, go see this movie. It's fun and touching, all wrapped in a visual feast.
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I saw these guys play live tonight, and I won't be surprised one bit if I see them playing at much larger venues in the near future. They have a rather anemic web presence, but their sole recording should give you an idea of what they're all about: Ridgelings Facebook