Pixar is one of the best studios out there. They’ve made some of the best animated films like Toy Story, The Incredibles, Monster’s Inc, Wall-E, A Bug’s Life, Inside Out, etc. and his it out of the park again with Coco, which is one of the best movies of the year. Coco tells the story of a young aspiring singer named Miguel, who wishes to sing above all else but music is ban in his family because of his great, great, great grand-father. But during the day of the dead, Miguel is transported to the land of the dead and must find his grand-father and get his family’s blessing to return to the land of the living.
Coco is one of the best movies of the year and none of the trailers had really got me interested in watching the movie but it’s Pixar so I gave it a shot, nine times out of ten they make amazing entertainment and this movie is no exception.
This movie is about life and death. It’s about family and the importance of family which makes this movie for adults more than kids. There is also murder and Alzheimer’s disease, two subjects that are extremely dark for kids, but are important subjects that kids will eventually learn about in the future and it’s a bold choice from the filmmakers to include them in this film. This is one of the best looking films of the year and Lee Unkrich should get all the credit in the world because the direction of this film is superb. Coco has wonderful characters and a world filled with rich history and culture.
You’ll learn plenty here about Mexican Culture and the day of the dead and learning about someone else’s culture is never a bad thing for kids and adults. The voice acting is also fantastic and it’s great that Disney got actual Mexican actors to do it. Everything feels real and authentic and when a movie is about another culture it’s a necessity and can’t be whitewashed. Pros to Disney for doing things right.
This movie is of course beautifully animated and the places looked so well realized that they felt real and lived in. The land of the dead is probably the most colorful place in the entire movie and I’m pretty sure the filmmakers intended it to be that way. The music is also terrific and memorable and just like this film, it will stay with you long after it’s over.
As for flaws, the movie is slightly predictable and it does try to get to your heartstrings a bit too much but these are minor things that didn’t bother me. This is a movie for both kid’s and adults and that’s incredible hard to do and Coco does it in spades.
Overall, Coco is a wonderfully animated, poignant, touching, beautifully vibrant film about life and death and the importance of family.