The Book of Life

THE BOOK OF LIFEBesides writing, one of my central preoccupations is movies. I love any type of story medium, really, but ever since Star Wars set my imagination on fire in 1976, I’ve been a bit obsessed with the silver screen. So, from time to time, I’ll be writing about the movies I see on this site, especially if I think they bear recommending.

This weekend I caught Guillermo del Toro’s animated feature, The Book of Life, a charming tale based around the Mexican festival Día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead.

I am a huge fan of del Toro’s work. I’ve come to view him as a kindred spirit and consider him an inspiration in my own work. I can only hope that my own efforts are someday regarded as highly. I got to meet Guillermo once, and he couldn’t have been nicer. Really a high point in my life.

I’m sure his latest effort isn’t the first movie made that focuses on the Day of the Dead, but there can’t be very many children’s movies that do. And as someone who is drawn to the macabre, I wanted to check it out.  But The Book of Life isn’t macabre or dark; it’s far from it. It’s one of the most bright and joyful films I’ve seen in a while. The animation is amazing, and practically every frame is a feast for the eyes.


I made the decision to see it in 3D, and while I sometimes regret paying  for the often gimmicky contrivance, for The Book of Life, I can’t recommend it enough. Pay the surcharge. You won’t regret it.

Check out the trailer for The Book of Life here and then go see it. Oh, and if you have little ones, they might like it, too. 😉

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