20th Century Fox will release The Book of Life in theaters this fall, and the animated film may be worth a look for the visuals alone. The movie's storyline, as was co-written by the director Jorge R. Gutierrez (El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera), follows the adventures of Manolo (voiced by Diego Luna), a young man out to fulfill his dreams. That includes winning the heart of Maria (Zoe Saldana), who makes it clear that's easier said than done, in the above trailer.
Book of Life's second theatrical preview, similar to its previous trailer, doesn't shed so much light on its plot as it does on the rich, colorful, and lively visual aesthetic of the film (inspired by traditional artwork for Mexico's holiday Dia de Muertos), as well as the movie's kid-friendly humor and cartoony hijinks. However, according to the official synopsis, Manolo's adventure spans "three fantastical worlds"; that includes the Land of the Living (read: everyday world) and the "Land of the Remembered" teased in the trailers.
Admittedly, some of the plot and tropes featured in Book of Life seem to be derivative (see: Maria as a basic "feisty princess" archetype), yet there's an enthusiasm to the proceedings that reflects the energetic visual style - the kind that could help to make up for tired story/characters elements. Indeed, the world design in Book of Life alone might've been what got filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth, Pacific Rim) to join the project as producer and give the movie the "Guillermo del Toro Presents" seal of approval.
The Book of Life supporting voice cast includes "names" like 22 Jump Street costars Channing Tatum and Ice Cube; both are featured in the film's latest trailer, though their vocals may be a bit too recognizable for some moviegoers' tastes. Even if that's the case, then at least the remainder of the voice cast seem appropriate for Book of Life's imaginative settings - with Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy), Christina Applegate (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues), and Danny Trejo (Machete Kills) among the crew's ranks.
The Book of Life opens in U.S. theaters on October 17th, 2014.
Source: iTunes Movie Trailers
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