Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG Length: 95 minutes
Age Appropriate For: 8+. The film is very matter-of-fact about death, and it is presented and celebrated in a way that is accurate to Mexican culture; it shouldn’t be traumatizing, even though many characters die throughout (often off screen). Also some violence including bandits looting a town, bullfighting, and some snake bites; and a romantic subplot that involves a couple of kisses and ballads.
Beautifully animated and charmingly constructed, ‘The Book of Life’ fantastically honors the Mexican Day of the Dead. There’s a lot going on here, but it’s one of this year’s best children’s movies.
By Roxana Hadadi
Every children’s movie needs a bit of whimsy, and “The Book of Life,” centered on the Mexican Day of the Dead, is chock full of it. Sure, the whimsy is full of sugar skulls and dead relatives and other ostensibly “creepy” things, but “The Book of Life” is beautifully crafted and respectfully made, full of well-developed characters and fantastic animation. Funny, heartfelt, and genuine, “The Book of Life” is one of the best children’s movies of the year.