carlos mondragon

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!

Seriousness in Seconds

I know that we’ve looked at the “I Will Wait For You” sequence several times but there are a few seconds i think show a lot of characterization for Joaquin and Manolo.

First here we have Joaquin

Are those bullet holes in the arch? I mean, just take a look at his expression. He’s not that goofy, slightly self absorbed. squealing soldier we all know and love. This is full on soldier Joaquin. He’s formally saluting while General Posada proudly polishes the stars on his shoulders. He’s wanted to be a soldier since he was little, this moment, where he is leaving San Angel to fight bandits in other towns, is very important for him.

Then we have Manolo…

Looking like a bored monkey. Sorry about the blurry swords. Now look at Manolo’s face and how his hand is raised. He looks like he’s scratching his head while Carlos puts Manolo’s swords into his back slot, just as proud as General Posada above. This may signify Manolo’s sort of graduation from matador training, for the sake of similarity, but since Manolo wants to be a musician, he could careless about this moment and is just there for his dad’s sake.

Here even he takes a sigh of relief, a sort of thank-god-its-over sigh.

So you see here that in these few seconds, we can see how serious the boys are about the path chosen for them. Joaquin: very much so. Manolo: not so much.

These seconds also add real meaning to what Joaquin says here.

“It’s a good thing you’re finally taking bullfighting seriously.”

I picked this expression since he looks so serious. At the end of the expression thought he looked rather smug and…really hot.