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Coco – Movie Review

Coco is about Miguel, a young boy, who loves playing guitar, he wants to be like his idol, the famous Ernesto de la Cruz. The only problem is his family is the only one in Mexico that hates music. They don’t play music, listen to it, or allow it anywhere near them. One day, Miguel decides to steal Ernesto’s guitar, and in doing that he finds himself in the Land of the Dead. There he finds his ancestors to find out why his family hates music.

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Image via MUSE

Pixar is undoubtedly one of the best, if not the best, animation studios working today. Although, their last few movies (The Good Dinosaur, Finding Dory, and Cars 3) have been disappointing. Coco is different than any of the other Pixar movies because of its setting in Mexico. They give a lot of attention to the Mexican culture and their focus on family. You get to see how their family operates and how they celebrate Dia de los Muertos, better known as Day of the Dead. This holiday is the focal point of the movie because Miguel has to learn about the importance of remembering the dead and not letting them be forgotten.

The animation in this movie is by far the best Pixar’s has ever been. They use extensive details to animate the world, if you look closely you’ll even see the individual grains on the wood. It’s getting to the point where some of the sets and people almost look real. There’s a short featurette before the movie that shows how they animated a particular scene, and it’s interesting to see how much work went into it.

The story is extremely entertaining, you’re never bored watching the movie because they keep the story moving and don’t let it drag at any moments. It’s really funny, many comedic moments come from Dante, a dog who goes to the Land of the Dead with Miguel. His family is a lot of fun to watch on screen, both living and dead families, although the specific relationships they have can get confusing. Despite how enjoyable it is though, the story is very predictable. For example, there’s a big reveal that happens in the third act that I saw coming about 30 minutes into the movie.

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Image via ABC News

They manage to make the story appealing to people of all ages while including some mature themes. Some of the themes include death, loss, sacrifice, and even dementia, but the entire story is told through the Pixar charm we’re all used to which makes it accessible to all audiences. Even though the main plot of the movie revolves around the idea of death, they use it to create a message about not forgetting those we’ve lost.

Coco is both visually and emotionally beautiful. Under its harmless, fun exterior, the film handles some dark themes in a way that makes it understandable to kids, yet relatable to people of older demographics. The Mexican culture aspect sets it apart from the rest of Pixar’s films and adds diversity to their lineup. Pixar has made one of their best in this movie, and it’s definitely the best animated movie of the year.

Rating: A-

Have you seen Coco? If so, what did you think about it? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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