Coco follows the story of a young Mexican boy Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) who wants to become a musician, but due to his family’s hatred of music, Miguel stumbles into the Land of the Dead after a mysterious chains of events.
Following the lukewarm reception of The Good Dinosaur, Disney-Pixar has come back with a film that shows why they have won eight Academy Awards. Coco places the focus squarely on family and gives a very authentic look into Mexican culture and how Day of the Dead works.
Director Lee Unkrich really goes out of his way to make the film look and feel authentic, with screenwriters Adrian Molina and Matthew Aldrich sprinkling Spanish words and phrases throughout. The music in this film will also have you in tears.
This comes as no surprise since the Academy Award-winning composers of Frozen, Kristen Anderson- Lopez and Robert Lopez, wrote the score. I won’t spoil it, but when a certain character sings 'Remember Me, you better have a box of tissues handy because it’s like the last 15 minutes of any episode of This is Us mixed with a Grey’s Anatomy season finale. Get ready to be an emotional wreck.
But Coco is not just a tearjerker from beginning to end. It is visually beautiful and uses comedy extremely well. The characters are relatable, and feel and act like three-dimensional people – even though they are animated characters. The way Unkrich visualises the Land of the Dead is quite spectacular. O
nce Miguel crosses to the other side, the viewer gets a look at the vibrant Land of the Dead.
Here Unkrich uses bright colours to create the magical world and it gives the viewer a spectacle for the eyes. Coco is another great example that illustrates why Disney-Pixar is in a league of its own.
From the witty dialogue and authentic representation of Mexican culture and people, to being able to tell a heartwarming story without it feeling preachy. This is a great film and will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy when you leave the cinema.