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Too much and too little in overwrought, Mexican-themed 'Book of Life'
Too much and too little in overwrought, Mexican-themed 'Book of Life'

"The Book of Life" juxtaposes overwrought visual imagery with an undernourished, familiar story — regrettable flaws in one of the few animated films to focus on Latino characters and the rich heritage of Mexican folk culture. La Muerte (voiced by Kate del Castillo), the benevolent ruler of the Land of the Remembered, and Xibalba (Ron Perlman), the treacherous lord of the Land of the Forgotten, bet on the fate of three children in the mythical town of San Angel. Family tradition demands that Manolo (Diego Luna) become a bullfighter, but he objects to killing and wants to be a musician. Joaquin (Channing Tatum) is determined to become a hero fighting bandits, even if he...

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