Latest in a long, long line of Pixar Movies that I have never got round to seeing. Visually stunning with great musical numbers, Coco is now up there as one of my favourites!
Director: Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina
Screenwriter: Lee Unkrich, Jason Katz
Starring: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt
Genre: Animation, Adventure
Runtime: 105 Minutes
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Pearl
Well, what a fantastic way to start a Sunday morning. Miguel wants more than anything to be a musician, but after his great-great-grandfather abandoned his family to pursue a career in music, Miguel’s family have banned music from their lives. During Day of the Dead, Miguel gets sent to the colourful Land of the dead, and the only way to return home is to receive his family’s blessing. When his great-great grandmother puts a condition to her blessing that says he can never play music again if she allows him to return home, he decides to seek out his grandfather and get a musicians blessing to return home.
I have been finding many recent Disney offerings to be a little lack lustre of late. Their focus on producing live action remakes of their beloved classics, is taking a lot of the magic out of the whimsical studio for me. But then I watched Coco and remembered that every now and then, Disney really do hit it out of the park.
The story is beautiful and heart-warming and as with all Pixar films of late, has a message and lesson to get across to it’s younger audiences, that it packages up nicely in a brightly coloured, exciting tale, something Pixar have done well in recent films, (Inside Out being in my opinion, still the best example of this.) Miguel’s story, though probably a little predictable to older viewers (C’mon, who didn’t see that villain twist coming at the end?!?) will delight younger kids, and most adults as well. They (and I’m not going to lie, Me too,) will learn about Mexican culture and about Day of the Dead and what it means and how it is celebrated, in a pretty accurate and well represented way, an avenue of learning that I think id really important to children.
The animation is spectacular, with so many amazing backdrops and such vibrant colours. The Land of the Dead is easily one of the most amazing worlds that Disney/Pixar have created. It has it’s own rules and laws. It is well developed and well produced. A lot of the time in film, and not just in kids films, but in fantasy films in general, the setting for the film seems like more of an afterthought. Here, the Land of the Dead is a living, breathing entity and one that will stick with me for a long, long time.
If by chance you haven’t seen this film yet, or just want to re-immerse yourself in this glorious world, Coco is available to stream for free now on Disney+