Ah it was a great family movie night last night at our local hang out. As a community we got to gather, break bread (or rather burgers then cake as it was my kid’s b-day)…but then the movie was great. The Book of Life. Unlike many new movies which tend to throw in this extra 20 to 45 minutes to drag it out, which I truly believe is a marketing ploy with cost in theatres to make you feel like you get your money worth. This one from 20th Century Fox in 2014, came in just around 90 minutes, had perfect pacing, music and humour to a story centered around the Day of the Dead celebrations, and familial expectations of children.
Done in the story of a love triangle, there was the child that had lost a parent (what is it with movies killing parents?) and follows in the soldiering way, to a matador’s son that wants to sing… I don’t want to give too much away and be that spoiler guy, but the meta-message is great for children of all ages to hear:
In the Book of Life, we are to write our own stories, not let it be written for us.
So, how are you writing your story today?