I have to admit that I wasn’t really looking forward to the latest from Pixar Studios but the movie geek in me decided to take a chance on it and see for myself. Let me just say that this movie is one of the best of the year and also one of the top 5 best Pixar films to date. This movie surprised me so much on how innovative, creative, and unique it is compared to the rest of the library of films Disney and Pixar have come out with.
The story of a little boy named Miguel who is looking for a way to follow his passion for music in a family that despises music and musicians. His quest in performing in a talent show behind his families back it transports him to the Land of the dead on Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Watching this film, you will discover the wonderful world of the land of the dead and see what its like to be on the other side of the bridge between the living and the dead.
Pixar has a really good reputation of writing a script that is appealing to both kids and adults. The jokes, the puns, visuals, all of it can entertain anyone at any age. Coco is no exception to that. The story behind this tale is so entertaining while exposing the audience to a culture we don’t see much in animated films. Anything from the dynamic of a Mexican family, to the traditions they follow, and the music. The music is excellent in this film. This soundtrack is one that you would want in your collection.
I am not Mexican descent so I don’t know the accuracy of the movie but I would think that everything shown in the movie as far as the culture has been researched and played out very precise, you get a sense of their culture and I got to say that it was nice to be able to experience that. I also think that the world created with the land of the dead and the rules and regulations created for the film are creative enough to make sense if you happen to believe in the stories of the few days a year the dead can visit the living. Laying out their photos on Halloween and living offerings at their resting place are all included in the organized world created in this world. In the same vain as the rules about toys not talking in front of humans in Toy Story.
Make sure to bring tissues to the showing. Those sensitive to family woes and sorrow. Anyone who has lost someone they love will feel the effects of the movie and may leave you wiping your eyes. If you don’t cry so easily, you will still appreciate the attempt for such heavy emotion without it feeling super cheesy or sappy. The movie is funny with great chemistry between the characters and are voiced by some talented actors and singers including Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach, and Renee Victor.
The CGI is at its best with this one. I saw the movie in 2D and it looked astonishing from beginning to end. 3D may not be needed with this feature but I’m sure it wouldn’t take away the imagery of the film. Lots of color and also colorful characters to keep you interested and hooked onto the screen.
I recommend this title. I believe that it’s a movie that is long overdue and finally we are seeing stories through the eyes of different cultures and people. With a great story and great characters to carry out this unique story you are in for a great movie which is also paired with a 30-minute animated short from the characters of Frozen which is also a lot of fun to watch as they talk about Christmas traditions and mocking some of the current ones we do and reading them for filth. Very clever in my opinion. This is a rewatchable film if for any reason the music will make you want more. Do yourself a favor and see this film.
5 out of 5
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