The Book of Life Mexican Fiesta

The Book of Life Mexican Fiesta

With the recent release of The Book of Life on Digital HD, with thanks to 20th Century Fox and Mission Foods, I recently hosted a Mexican themed movie screening with family members.

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Unfortunately the party pack with all the pre-movie entertainment never arrived however that didn’t stop us from getting into a Mexican inspired mood! Everyone loved my moustache!

Here are some snapshots of me and my Mum, Nanna, Aunty, Uncle, cousins and of course, my son who is commonly referred to as Master Two. As you can see, I had some fun adding on some facial hair! Hahaha

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As you can see, we had a great time socialising and eating Mexican food before we watched The Book of Life.

We ate nachos, tacos, tortillas, guacamole and corn on the cob. A big thanks to Mission Foods for providing us with everything we needed to get right into the Mexican mood!

I highly recommend this Dani Venn Mexican inspired corn on the cob recipe over at Coles – it is so easy and super tasty!! The only thing I omitted from this recipe was cayenne pepper for the rub.

I felt if I used it, the corn may have been a little too spicy for some of the guests. It was so unbelievably delicious and it certainly didn’t seem like anything was missing. Yum yum yum!! I only wished I thought to take a photo! Here are some moustached sombreros instead.

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Once we were bursting from our seams and couldn’t eat anymore food, it was time to settle in and watch the movie.

A BIG THANK YOU to my Uncle Kevin who overcame every possible technical difficulty to get the movie up and going on the big screen.

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His perseverance is commendable. I would have given up long before and made everyone crowd around my laptop but Kevin wasn’t going to let a little thing like technology get in the way!

The Forrest Gump signs on either side of him really aren’t fitting but they are pretty funny…

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The Book of Life Digital HD Film Review

Rated PG, The Book of Life, directed by Jorge Guitierrez, is a vivid and brightly animated film that follows the tale of three childhood friends and their star-crossed love affair.

It all starts with a tour of a museum when a few kids are intrigued by a book that is on display, the Book of Life. The museum guide, Mary Beth (played by Christina Applegate) narrates one particular story in the book, the gripping tale of Manolo Sanchez (played by Diego Luna) and his adventurous life.


Manolo and his best friend Joaquin Mondragon (played by Channing Tatum), are both madly in love with their friend Maria Posada (played by Zoe Saldana).

A wager between the ruler of the Land of the Forgotten, Xibalba (played by Ron Perlman), and his wife La Muerte (played by Kate del Castillo) who rules the Land of the Remembered, sets to change the course of their lives forever.


When Maria is suddenly sent abroad by her father, General Ramiro Posada (played by Carlos Alazraqui), Joaquin becomes the son he never had. With his influence, along with an unseen influence from Xibalba, Joaquin grows to become a decorated and courageous hero.

Meanwhile, the unassuming and passionate Manolo has deep-seated love for playing the guitar. However much to his dismay, in keeping with family tradition, he has been trained as a bullfighter.


Maria returns to the village as a beautiful young woman and the two men immediately set about to win her affection.

Xibalba, eager to win his wager with La Muerte, creates a tragic turn of events for Manolo which has potentially dangerous consequences for his entire village.

My Thoughts of the Book of Life

Where there is life, there is death. The Book of Life takes viewers to the Land of the Remembered, the Land of the Forgotten and back again. This aspect has reminded me of the importance of not taking life for granted and to never, ever forget lost loved ones.


The graphics in this movie are phenomenal. In true Mexican style, the array of bright colours are simply amazing.  Everyone who attended the screening agreed with me on this point. The images from the film used in this post really doesn’t give the film justice. You really have to see it for yourself.

The Book of Life

There are some scary scenes and while they are fine for older children, I wouldn’t recommend this film for younger kids. My son is almost three and it was not suitable for him. I would suggest children aged 8+ for this film, depending on their maturity levels.


I thoroughly enjoyed the story line and it gave me a better appreciation of Mexican culture and their beliefs.

Would I watch the film again? Yes.

Would I purchase the movie? Yes.

How many stars do I give this movie? 3.5 stars out of 5.  

The Book of Life is available on Digital HD ahead of it’s Blu-ray and DVD release on 23 September 2015.

Disclaimer: I have not been financially remunerated for this blog post however was generously provided with food from Mission Foods and a Digital HD copy of the film from iTunes, courtesy of 20th Century Fox. The opinions expressed in this post are mine and are an honest account of the film based on my thoughts.

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