‘Coco’ Review 4.5/5 STARS

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Despite his family’s generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming a musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, he finds himself in the Land of the Dead to find his ancestors and discover why his family has such revulsion towards tunes. After meeting a charming trickster named Héctor, the two new friends embark on an extraordinary journey to unlock the true story behind Miguel’s family history.


I’m in love with the Coco!
I’m sorry, I just could not help myself.  Although, as cheesy as that was, it is in fact 100% accurate, because this movie very much strikes a chord. Disney/Pixar once again delivers with this brilliantly crafted film. While succeeding on so many different levels, let’s start with the most obvious….

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CGI and animation is getting to a mind blowing point. Saying the hyper-realism is “out of this world”, to me, would be an understatement. From the wrinkles on great grandma’s face, the minuscule details put into the Land of the Dead, and the features in character’s clothing…everything culminated in some of the best animation I’ve seen to date. The movie is a must see for the very colors alone. You become transported into a world of awe and wonder as you lay witness to the masterpiece that the team behind this film envisioned. Enough compliments could not be given to the animators, editors and everybody else involved in the manifestation of Coco- because that’s how great of a job they did.

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Music, which is the main focus of this whole feature film, resonates with you from start to finish. Not surprising, being this a product of Disney/Pixar, but what surprised me were that these catchy & powerful sing along’s became a fixture in my head as much as Disney melodies from the 1990’s. *Buys whole album on Itunes, no, but really*

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Spectacular animation and music aside, the story was engaging throughout. While some have critiqued that it borrows from too many films to be original, I would beg to differ. I can somewhat understand a few of the non-glaring critiques in regards to the writing, but never has this story been told in animation form and particularly with this presentation style. Countless people will relate to this film due to the theme of conforming to your family’s wants and feeling pressure to make them happy; this pressure to please your loved ones can only go so far before one reaches a breaking point. HOW’S THANKSGIVING DINNER TALKS GOING. While Miguel wants to respect his families wishes, he also comes to terms that  pursuing what he loves is just as important.

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Coco, heart warming in many instances, also touts much depth. The film tackles a death with a realistic and emotional approach that makes it easy for kids to understand. I thought how the writers went about this was nothing short of brilliant. The contemporary style in which this story was given to us is very reminiscent of the award winning blockbuster Inside Out. Look for Coco as the front-runner for Best Animated Film come next year’s Oscars.

4.5/5 STARS

By Nick Weninger
IG: @theaveragemanreview

 

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