Churpremiere of 'The Book of Life'

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My very first #Churpremiere on 14th October 2014!

Imagine I just got back from a work trip from Kuantan around 7.30pm, tidy myself up then rush to TGV, One Utama, to watch this? :D 

I managed to arrive at TGV in time before they packed up too!

Talked about doing the 007 mission or Running Man's mission. 

Why I MUST watch this?

Because I find the #TheBookOfLifeMY trailer enticing with its humour and the characters' artistic representation.

Watch it below:

I love Maria for being the type of lady I want to be, independent from man. Love how she says, 'Men.' :P

Plus she knows fencing! And in this movie, she is the mastermind of trouble making. The two boys? They are head over heels for her. Poor boys... xD

Two gods, La Muerta and Xibalba make a wager of which boy will marry Maria. La Muerta/Manolo while Xibalba/Joaquin. Manolo grows up loving his guitar but following his father's wish to be a matador. Joaquin becomes a hero, unbeatable but with the help of a secret badge.

Maria? She was sent off to learn to be a respectable lady.

On the day of Manolo's first matador show to prove himself a proud Sanchez, Maria also came back, as well as Joaquin. However, Manolo finds it wrong to finish the bull by killing it. His principle didn't go well with the crowd, except Maria who clapped for him.

The song that came after that? Played by Manolo from his heart? Aihhh... How can I not like guys with guitars and if they sing so well.. Gosh, I swooned.

Maria's father had a party with an intention to ask Maria to force Joaquin to stay in their town. From this part, Maria showed that she does not have the traditional mindset which men usually have about their ladies. She was furious with Joaquin for implying that all a lady does is cook and clean in the house. Only after Maria left the table did Joaquin realized that.

Meanwhile Manolo had not been invited to the party due to the shame from the matador show. His friends of musicians tried to cheer him up by suggesting to sing to Maria. They provided the humour needed to liven up the movie.

After their horrible yet amusing attempts, Manolo sings his music. Ahhhh... Remembering it makes me wish that there is a Manolo somewhere. While he was singing for Maria, Joaquin happened to see them and getting scared that he may lose Maria, he immediately proposed to her. 

Maria was stuck between the love of two men. But by this moment, it was obvious that she preferred Manolo. Her father, instead, insisted on Joaquin who will save them from Chakal, the evil bandit.

Maria returned to her room, angry and upset that she had to make a choice. Manolo asked her to meet him outside the town before dawn.

I love the choice of music for this; Can't help falling in love.

Wise men say only fools rush in,
But I can't help falling in love with you...
*my singing is horrible, trust me on that one. :P

The part where Manolo nearly got bitten by the snake? Gosh, I gasped at that part. I thought the snake would bite him dead for sure. But no! Maria came to the rescue. She saved him! She pushed Manolo away and got bitten instead. Damn sneaky that part when my prediction didn't happen. Hahaha. Good one, script writer. *Claps

Then Xibalba comes and makes the offer that Manolo just can't refuse; be dead to be with the one he loves.

That part had me fuming. Like what logic, she dies and you go jump into a cliff. 

However, after Manolo is dead, he entered the Place of the Remembered, where it is always happy and full of festivities. Here, he asked for help to find Maria, who he assumed had died.

But in La Muerta's place was Xibalba instead. The wager was won by him because Manolo decided to die, making Maria choose Joaquin due to her father's pressure. Yes, Maria was alive, thanks to the secret badge on Joaquin. Later on, the badge is actually called the Badge of Everlasting Life. Basically, Immortal Badge. It also turned out that Chakal wants it. 

Then the rush begins for Manolo to find a way to go back to the living. He rushed to La Muerta's new place with the help of his dead mother and grandfather. They met the Candle Man and the Book of Life. Suddenly the chapter of Manolo's life is not written in the book and Manolo is writing his own story.

They met La Muerta and told her of Xibalba's cheat. Xibalba refused to admit his cheat and Manolo had to wager a new bet. Xibalba took the offer and created an arena for a matador show so that Manolo will lose to his own weakness. He had to defeat so many bulls. 

Just when all hopes seemed lost and Manolo had to choose between the sword or a guitar, he did the unthinkable. He started singing to the bull, asking for forgiveness.

Honestly, I found it amusing; singing to a bull. But it was also touching to ask for forgiveness from a bull. 

Manolo won the wager and returned to the living just in time to help defeat Chakal who is invading the town. Joaquin had lost the badge and turned into a coward. However, when Maria was grabbed by Chakal, both friends helped to save her.

The fight was almost over when suddenly Chakal shouted that he will blow up the whole town with dynamites on his body. Manolo rushed in and made Chakal stuck with him under a huge bell from the church.

Maria thought Manolo had blown up under the bell with Chakal. However, when the bell was lifted up, Manolo appeared unharmed. Joaquin had quickly threw the Badge of Everlasting Life to Manolo and it had stuck on Manolo's chest. Joaquin agreed that he will also stop living under a shadow, the shadow of his dead father who was the greatest hero in the kingdom.

At the end, Maria chose Manolo. Joaquin had tons of other admirers. La Muerta and Xibalba? They are in love with each other again.

Oh how the story started?

A group of kids from a school had come for a museum trip. A pretty lady offered to show them around and she brought them to a hidden place. She is the one telling the story of Maria, Manolo and Joaquin. At the end of the story and trip, it was revealed that she is actually La Muerta.

My rating: 3/5

Honestly, the movie is fast-paced with not a really good story line as everything felt being pushed forward. Especially when I started writing this review, I felt that the movie is short with not much detail in it. Maria comes back, Joaquin proposes, Manolo dies, Maria chooses to marry Joaquin, evil bandits come, Manolo lives, bandit wants to blow up town, Manolo self sacrifice (again?), Joaquin actually saves Manolo, bandit loses, Maria marries Manolo.

Oh yeah, the above practically sums it all up and I am so bad at recollections. Hahaha.

What compensates for the story line is the art in the movie. The characters are nicely done, detailed and colourful. The choice of music is also good.

Therefore, my score is 3/5; nice but just isn't there to make people want to watch it again except if they love the art and detailing.


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