“Coco” Review ✦✦✦✦✧

13 January, 2018

Director: Lee UnkrichAdrian Molina
Screenwriters: Adrian Molina, Matthew Aldrich
Directors of Photography: Matt AspburyDanielle Feinberg
Anthony GonzalezGael García BernalBenjamin Bratt

Synopsis: A musically-inclined boy from a disapproving family of shoemakers becomes trapped in the Land of the Dead, searching for his great-great-grandfather whose legendary talents could help him in finding acceptance back at home.

Coco Review:

Made to unite viewers through music, adventure and family values, “Coco” opens up another world without alienating international audiences, crafting an ancestral mystery with an optimistic spin on the path from life to death. Culturally aware, emotional, and unafraid to shift boundaries, the movie educates English speakers and breaks ground within Hispanic communities, depicting the ins and outs of Mexico’s Día de los Muertos while putting a colourful spin on the spirit world housing thousands of dead relatives.

One for the heart from Pixar’s finest creative team, “Coco” takes a simple story and divagates in wonderful creative directions, swerving in an unpredictable pattern as an enchanting afterworld unchains a rather basic story from the restrictions of single dimension narrative. Uniting the past and the present by exploring the personalities behind the calaveras, the film finds common ground between the living and the deceased, rejecting the negativity and dread that comes with an expiry date in an enchanting and vivid rendition of concepts still unfamiliar in many cultures.

Meticulous with details and hidden iconography, Pixar’s latest spellbinder delivers greatly in supplementary moments, finding out of date technology in a dead world while forgotten family members fade slowly out of existence with each encroaching year. The list of ingredients is endless although the finished product is effortless to grasp; a magical, musical movie which unites the generations both on-screen and off. Obsessively perfected with every crease tangible on the face of its titular character, “Coco” aces it with both character and setting, leaving us weeping beyond the credits without a single pang of sadness to ruin a Saturday afternoon.


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