Film Review: Disney and Pixar’s Coco is Simply Excelente

MARIGOLD BRIDGE — In Disney•Pixar’s “Coco,” Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) desperately wants to prove his musical talent. But when he strums the guitar of his idol, the late Ernesto de la Cruz, Miguel sets off a mysterious chain of events and finds himself—and his loyal dog Dante—crossing into the Land of the Dead via a breathtaking bridge made of marigold petals. Directed by Lee Unkrich, co-directed by Adrian Molina and produced by Darla K. Anderson, “Coco” opens in theaters Nov. 22, 2017. ©2017 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

We all know Disney and Pixar as the creators of the beloved family films that make up both our past and present. Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Up, Inside Out, The Incredibles… just to name a few. Now we have Coco to join the fray, and just how welcome this addition is simply cannot be expressed with mere words.

This is especially true when one considers the fact that Pixar’s name faded into the background in recent years. While it still remains as one of the biggest names in the animation industry, it cannot be denied that – save for its just “good” films like Finding Dory – its quality went on a decline for a spell.

Coco successfully breaks this pattern, and reminds us that yes, yes, Pixar is still the King of Animation Studios.

It breaks this pattern in more than one way, however. Coco, with its Mexican setting and characters, is also a turn away from Pixar’s usual collection of white-dominated stories. This is yet another welcome change, as it affords us a peek into another culture and in turn, appreciate it.

Who here has heard of the Mexican holiday Día de Muertos before this film happened? Not many, I’d wager. Unless of course, you’ve watched The Book of Life, but that’s another story for another day.

Back to the subject of Coco, if there is a way to describe the film as a whole, it would have to be that it is a touching, heartwarming tale that will remind you of the importance of family. It does this too, without disregarding the importance of following your dreams. Both themes enjoy a healthy balance; neither is demonised in favour of the other. A feat that Disney and Pixar deserve much applause for.

Moving more onto the plot without risk of spoilers, Coco enjoys well-structured storytelling that is filled with heart at nearly every seam. Be it light, cheeky humour, anger, sadness or happiness, this film is simply emotive. Even the unassuming title is an unexpected punch in the gut.

And as if those weren’t enough to deliver a compelling story, Pixar bestowed Coco with animation that is rich in detail, to the point where every movement of hair, every facial expression and every wave of fabric is filled with life-like vitality. The sheer vibrance of colour is a treat for your senses, and needless to say, the top-notch animation only augments the raw emotion that the tale has already been interwoven with.

But even with all of these fantastic qualities to consider, does Coco have what it takes to face the year end blockbusters head on?

Whatever your say on the matter is, I believe that Pixar has, without a doubt, done it again. Here’s to Pixar and its many films to come.

Coco is now in cinemas

Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team
  1. Lyle Gogh :

    protip – get the OST. The music is fantastic.

  2. Melissa Kartini :

    We will, now that you’ve mentioned it!

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