Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Film Review: Book of Life (2014)

So I know it's not on our timetable, but I took my two biggest babies to see Book of Life in 3D at the cinema last week, so thought I'd write a little review (and practise my referencing!). I also think it was an amazing film to watch with regards to our Production Design project. Please be wary though of *POSSIBLE SPOILERS*!!
Fig. 1 Movie Poster (2014)

Directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez and Produced by Guillermo del Toro, The Book of Life is a feast for the eyes. The story revolves around two long term friends, Manolo and Joaquin and their quest to win the heart of their childhood love, Maria. When things don't go to plan, Manolo finds himself in the underworld and needs to call on the rulers of the Land of the Remembered and the Land of the Forgotten to bring him back from the dead to save the day.

Fig.2 Joaquin, Manolo and Maria, movie still (2014)
What makes this film so appealing is the amazing and colourful scenery, in particular The Land of the Remembered (fig.3). The character design is also wonderful; the characters are portrayed as wooden toys or puppets which adds to their charm and appeal. Although the most impressive parts of the movie are shown in the trailer, this was still a joy to watch, if a little predictable towards the end. Who cares though, when the amazing artwork and cute storyline keeps two small children and an excited grown-up beaming for an hour and a half? Check out this amazing concept and production art especially if, like me, you need a kick up the bum to get going with your project!

Fig.3 The Land of the Remembered, movie still (2014)
Fig.4 The Book of Life, production art (2014)

Fig.5 Cemetery, concept art (2014)

Fig.6 The Cave of Souls, concept art (2014)
Illustration List:
Figure 1 - The Book of Life (2014) [Poster] At: (Accessed on 11.11.14)
Figure 2 - Joaquin, Manolo and Maria (2014) [Movie still] At:
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Figure 3 - The Land of the Remembered (2014) [Movie still] At:
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(Accessed 11.11.14) **This website is great and has some tutorials which may be useful**
Figure 5 - The Book of Life (2014) [Concept art] At:
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