The Book of Life

A ter­rific an­i­mated com­edy based on Mex­i­can leg­ends

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C4 2.30pm - 4.30pm ★★★★

This vibrant an­i­mated fan­tasy bursts with colour­ful de­sign and quirky hu­mour. In­spired by the leg­ends sur­round­ing Mex­ico’s Day of the Dead, the story is en­gag­ing as well. The lovely goddess La Muerte (voiced by Kate del Castillo) and her du­plic­i­tous hubby Xibalba (Ron Perl­man) pre­side over the

realms of the dead, and the two con­niv­ing gods bet on the out­come of a ro­man­tic tri­an­gle in­volv­ing gui­tar-strum­ming re­luc­tant bull­fighter Manolo (Diego Luna), his heroic sol­dier friend Joaquín (Chan­ning Ta­tum) and the mayor’s feisty daugh­ter María (Zoe Sal­dana). On the sound­track, Latin-tinged ver­sions of fa­mil­iar songs, such as Ra­dio­head’s Creep and Rod Ste­warts’s Do Ya Think I’m Sexy, add to the film’s un­usual feel. Dir: Jorge R Gu­tier­rez 2014, U, 120min

Magic abounds dur­ing the Day of the Dead

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