Two animated movies this week; The Book Of Life (2014) and Minions (2015)
To continue my crazy liking for movies, I watched two more new movies this week, and both of them are animated. First one is ‘The Book Of Life’, a 2014 animated film. Early this week, I had been in the mood to find any animated movie last year that I have missed, and ‘The Book Of Life’ came to my attention. It is being received quite well, and so I don’t find any reason not to watch it. And the other animated movie is none other than ‘Minions’! Everybody is so excited for a stand-alone movie of those cute little yellowish creatures which are so popular after being shown in ‘Despicable Me’ (1 & 2) as Gru’s assistants. And we are so glad that ‘Minions’ (2015) is already released here in Malaysia, over three weeks earlier than US. Anyway, let’s start with a quick movie review for ‘The Book Of Life’ first.
‘The Book Of Life’ tells the story of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart, embarks on an adventure that spans three fantastic worlds where he must face his greatest fears. He is forced to be a great bullfighter to respect his family tradition, but from his own heart, he loves to play guitar and wants to marry a girl he and his best friend both felt in love with. The first thing I like from this movie is the very different touch and ‘creativity’ given to all the stuff in the movie, from the characters to the buildings and even the moon. Everything is cubic-like, rigid, and very much geometric. The setting is cool. That’s interesting. It gave way to something new and different to watch.
The plot is engaging and comes with some funny lines of which I enjoyed. It’s just not all about the strength of the plot, the visuals or the humor, but it is the positive and meaningful messages that we can learn from the story that put this movie better than most other animated features. Like ‘always play from your heart’, those sort of thing. There are some nice plot twists too in the story to keep me going. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘The Book Of Life’ a total of 7.5. It’s distinctive, vibrant and colorful!
Next up is a review for ‘Minions’. Cuteness overloads! These creatures are so cute. Eventhough they speak their own language that we find it hard to understand, but we still felt what’s going on throughout the whole movie. Their actions, their behaviors, their expressions are all entertaining to watch. However, that’s the only thing I can get from this ‘Minions’ movie. Only entertaining. Nothing else. When ‘Despicable Me 1 & 2’ were out, people wanted to see more of minions. And their dream finally comes true with this ‘Minions’ movie. Now, I see all the scenes with them in it, but I felt nothing and ’empty’ surprisingly. I find that they worked better just being as supporting roles. So I actually prefer them to be back in more ‘Despicable Me’ sequels rather than being in their own ‘Minions’ movies anymore. They are outstanding by the side of Gru or even Scarlet Overkill, but not as the main star unfortunately.
The story started off very well and convincing with many funny moments started rolling in one by one (almost non-stop). The plot; three minions named Stuart, Kevin and Bob are recruited by Scarlet Overkill, a super-villain who, alongside her inventor husband Herb, hatches a plot to take over the world. Looks good, and it delivered an entertaining and hilarious movie. The kids would love it, I’m sure. But for me, I will just take the movie as a light fun and nothing else. Sometimes, an animated movie can be shining or even becomes unforgettable classic, but ‘Minions’ will not be anywhere near that position. ‘The Book Of Life’ is even better than it. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Minions’ a total of 7.0. It’s still fun and entertaining to watch. Bello….Banana….Haha!
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