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Colourful, beautifully animated, and culturally sensitive, Coco is an affecting, multilayered coming-of-age drama.
Common Sense Media
Where Coco shines most brightly—literally—is in its vibrant visuals, which rely on a palette of fluorescent greens, blues, yellows, and oranges.
Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colourful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector, and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.
The animation is top hat. Especially the dead are done extremely well. And Frida. Drenched in vibrant violet and singed sienna, the world of Coco is a visual feast. The film is very mainstream, which is a positive. It is an almost non-racial look at the Mexican culture. In this way the film appeals to a vast worldwide audience. (If you want a truly uniquely cultural experience, I recommend the glorious Book of Life).
The story gains some magic when its concept and world become more fully formed, and though it drags in various places later on, it at least has the visually inventive team at Pixar to keep things interesting. The film definitely has some emotionally striking things to say about death and memories and the way our perceptions are structured accordingly, and the finale is legitimately beautiful and affecting, in true Pixar fashion.
USA 2017, 105 min, rated PG
Directed by Lee Unkrich
Starring the voices of Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Renee Victor, Anthony Gonzalez & Edward James Olmos