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Book of Life is an inept train-wreck, saved by its artistry. The soundtrack was terrible. Book of Life has an atrocious script. Dumb, annoying, unfunny movie, built for the modern kid over the family.
Ellar Coltrane and Lorelei Linklater literally grow up 12 years in front of our very eyes within the 165 minute running time, visionary filmmakers still exist. Although the story line is fairly simplistic and one might argue, unadventurous, the sheer ambition of the director is reason enough to hand your money over; shot over twelve years with the same group of actors, audiences can experience the true evolution of a character like never before.
The idea of the film is great, they are exploring a side of cinema never before explored, however I feel that taking on this task should have demanded more creativity.
A sensitive piece of filmmaking. The film desperately wants to be a crowd-pleaser with an uplifting message of inspiration. Jóhann Jóhannsson orchestrates the best score of his career.
It is the breathtaking performance of Eddie Redmayne as Hawking that simply blasted this film. This movie is about a man with a horrible illness who happens to be a magnificent scientist. The story should have been told the other way around.
The movie starts out decent but gets continually worse with a litany of idiotic contrived absurdities and unbelievable holes in the story. The only place it was believable was in its depiction of the media and how they revel in tragedy and perversion. The soundtrack is intense and haunting.