‘Coco’ Review


Coco is a Mexican-American computer-animated musical fantasy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The film is co-directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina and features the voice talents of Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, and Benjamin Bratt. Based on an original idea by Unkrich about the Mexican holiday of Día de Muertos, the story follows a 12-year-old boy named Miguel who is accidentally transported to the land of the dead. Once there he seeks the help of a skeleton named Héctor to help him find his musician great-great-grandfather to return him to his family among the living. The pacing of the film is very good and the story and characters have depth. Thus, the entire family can enjoy this film without the adults feeling like they’re stuck watching a film only for children. The vocal performances are outstanding with Anthony Gonzalez and Gael García Bernal standing out as Miguel and Héctor respectively. We spend the majority of the film with these characters as they traverse the land of the dead looking for Miguel’s great-great-grandfather. Viewers are quickly sucked into this bond that forms between them in a rather short amount of time. Coco has many comedic moments, but they are spread evenly throughout the film. The film also blends in other emotional moments that elicit joy, sadness, anger, fear and even disgust from the viewers. The original music is great and fun, and Michael Giacchino delivers a score that takes influence from and shows great respect to Mexican culture. The experience is a pleasure to the ears. Like with the many other Pixar films, Coco is beautiful to look at. The computer animation artists do a great job with the detail of every part of the digital environment. Each person, living and dead, is unique in the way they look, speak, and move. Also, the use of bright and vibrant colors makes even the smallest details on the screen appealing to the viewer’s eyes. The most important thing to take away from the film is the significance of family. This film is a celebration of how imperative it is to remember our elders and what they did so that we could be here today. The film also teaches us that small actions can end up affecting our family for generations. The film does have a few plot holes that affect story elements, but they are minor. I give Coco a Decent 8.5/10. This film proves once again that even though Walt Disney Animation changed their films to look like Pixar’s, they fail to match the quality. Good thing they are owned by the same company.


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