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Movie Review: The Book of Life

I didn’t know what to expect when I took my three-year-old to The Book of Life.  An animated picture featuring the voices of Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, Danny Trejo, and Zoe Saldana, among others, I was most impressed with the soundtrack, which includes covers of Radiohead’s “Creep,” Mumford & Sons “I Will Wait,” and Elvis’ “Can’t Help Falling In Love with You,” among many others.

The film is about Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family by becoming a bull-fighter, and following his dream of becoming a musician.  He competes with his best friend and cocky war hero for the heart of Maria.  Manolo ends up embarking on a journey that spans three worlds where he faces his greatest fears.

My three-year-old loved this movie, and I really enjoyed it too.  It is really funny, the visuals are unique and beautiful, and the music is a lot of fun.  It is a Halloween movie, but it’s not too scary for most kids.  I highly recommend it.

Grade: B+

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