Reel FX
Marc Snetiker
October 23, 2014 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Book of Life

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
performer
Martin Donovan (Actor), P.J. Harvey, Layla Alexander, Thomas Jay Ryan
director
Hal Hartley
author
Hal Hartley
genre
Comedy

We gave it an A-

Produced by Guillermo del Toro, The Book of Life is a winsome ode to Mexico’s Day of the Dead. It’s bolstered by a giddy voice cast (including Diego Luna and Zoe Saldana) that elevates the formulaic plot about a hero’s quest for true love, and it’s that rare gem of a ‘toon that delights both child and adult. Overflowing with hyperactive charm and a spectacular sea of colors, it showcases some of the most breathtaking animation we’ve seen this decade. A-

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