A Grave-painters Detail
Merry Christmas, all you wonderful followers and people you! Here’s a bit of an analysis, starting of with a quote from the head honcho himself: Jorge Gutierrez!
“As you you can see, La Muerte and Xibalba appear. Xibalba’s grave is devoid of life, devoid of candles. La Muerte’s is full of life. So we are already telling what kind of characters they are.”-Jorge R. Gutierrez from the Book of Life’s Audio Commentary.
The second picture is just so that you can see La Muerte’s beautiful face. Pretty cool detail right? A great example of symbolism in a movie full of it. Well check this out!
They appear once again, in their old human forms, by their respective graves. But it doesn’t just end there.
Here is Manolo, Carlos, and Anita Sanchez with Old La Muerte. With all the family here, the Sanchez honor the beloved mother. Just look at Carmen’s grave. It’s beautiful, covered in candles, food, and flowers-it’s full of life and love like La Muerte and her land.
Now this is Captain Mondragon’s grave. There is some light, food, and color, but compared to Carmen’s grave or even other graves around the cemetery, it’s mostly cold and dark. Except for Joaquin, there’s no one else honoring him and hardly any life at all.
Just the kind of grave you’d find Old Xibalba by.
Also just in case you didn’t know, gravepainters is the ship name for La Muerte and Xibalba.I only realized the last two graves while making this analysis. Happy Holidays!