Coco (2017) Review – The always reliable Pixar returns to big screens with Coco. The feature from the Disney owned powerhouse continues the legacy of heartfelt and hilarious animation with breathtaking visuals. As you would expect, Pixar covers all the bases, great acting, great story, even better animation, and excellent writing. Coco is also an original for the studio as opposed to one of their many sequels which gives it a refreshing feeling as we are able to dive into a new world with new characters.
Coco (2017) Review
The story revolves around Miguel Rivera and his extremely tight knit Mexican family. They are a family of shoemakers after their matriarch was forced into action when her musician husband left her to pursue music. As such, she hates music and has banned music in the family. This ban has been upheld for four generations.
Miguel however is different. His ambition is to become a musician which he hides from the rest of his family. The rest of the story follows Miguel as he attempts to become a musician during the events surrounding the Day of the Dead.
The films themes are perhaps its most important feature. It tackles the ever difficult topics of death, youth and family. Miguel learns a lot about himself in the process of rebelling against his family and his family is able to learn a lot from him as well. The result is an extremely emotional experience as most adults have gone through a similar learning experience and many children may be in the process.
While certainly not the best movie that Pixar has ever made, it’s another excellent entry into their catalog. With a superb story, acting and animation, Coco is thoroughly entertaining for the whole family and another classic.
Coco (2017) Review characters and cast include:
Miguel – Anthony Gonzalez (Dante’s Lunch, The Bridge, Icebox, Imagination of Young)
Hector – Gael Garcia Bernal (The Motorcycle Diaries, Mozart of the Jungle, Z)
Ernesto de la Cruz – Benjamin Bratt (Law & Order, Miss Congeniality, Modern Family, Doctor Strange, Despicable Me 2)
Mama Imelda – Alanna Ubach (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, Hand of God, Men of a Certain Age, Meet the Folkers)
Abuelita – Renee Victor (Weeds, House of Payne, Witches of East End)
Papa – Jaime Camil (Jane the Virgin, Elena of Avalor)
Papa Julio – Alfonso Arau (The Wild Bunch, Three Amigos, Romancing the Stone)
Tio Oscar – Herbert Siguenza (Larry Crowne, Hero)
Chicharron – Edward James Olmos (Blade Runner, Miami Vice, Battlestar Galactica, Dexter, Agents of SHIELD)