Pointless Nonsense

Posted in movies by Bill on April 25, 2015

bookoflifeThe Book of Life is a CG animated movie from last year that I thought had a cool art style (Pixar/Dreamworks do good work, there’s a bit of a sameness to their style), but I had worried it was too musical-y for me. But after getting assurances that there wasn’t too much breaking into song, I gave it a shot.

There is a fair amount of singing, but it’s mostly more organic than the classic musical style of talking through song, and other people joining in with elaborately choreographed dances. Instead, one of the characters is a singer/guitar player, so he just sings sometimes. Actual songs, not conversations. It’s a Mexican folklore-based story where the gods of the good and bad underworlds make a bet over two boys who are in love with the same girl. So, basically a love triangle becomes the entire plot. Which isn’t really my kinda thing.

So as far as kid-oriented romantic musical comedy goes, it’s pretty good. There are a few quality jokes, and I do like the animation style a lot. Probably mostly because it reminds me of Grim Fandango. I assume Geebs would love this, since it features both a love triangle and a bunch of cover songs.

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