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Coco Review


“Coco” is sure to bring on the waterworks.

In Pixar’s “Coco,” the story revolves around a young boy (Miguel) living in a small town in Mexico with his family as well as his great grandmother Coco. Miguel loves music and worships a former star named Ernesto de la Cruz, but, unfortunately, music is banned in his family due to a past family circumstance. One day, Miguel stumbles upon (and steals) a picture that leads him to believe his idol Ernest is actually his great-great-grandfather. Miguel decides to brush aside family objections and play guitar in the Day of the Dead festival. He’s not just playing any guitar, however, it is Ernesto’s guitar. After coming into contact with the guitar, Miguel becomes invisible to everyone in the real world and soon finds himself whisked away to the Land of the Dead where he meets late relatives. As if that wasn’t enough, he discovers that he is cursed as he has removed from a photograph from the family ofrenda. Now, Miguel needs a family blessing in order to return to the Land of the Living, but he wants it from one person in particular- Ernesto. While in the Land of the Dead, Miguel encounters a skeleton named Hector who happened to know Ernesto. Hector decides to help Miguel meet him, but Miguel soon learns that not everything is as it seems with his family’s history.

For the first of “Coco,” I wasn’t really on board with the film. To me it came across as a noisy spectacle with far too many scenes of characters running around the Land of the Dead. Admittedly, the spectacle (ie the cityscapes and character designs) itself was gorgeous due to Pixar’s predictably incredible animation work, but I didn’t find myself emotionally invested by what was occurring on screen. In the second half, however, that all changed as the film took a turn for the better.

I’m sure you fine readers have heard reports of people being moved to tears by the film’s ending. Those reports are 100% accurate. Once everything comes into focus with the story and you witness the heartfelt character moments that come into play, “Coco” clicks. The film stops being a ride and becomes an emotionally involving character piece that really grabs you by the heart strings. I could go into more details here, but there’s no way I’m spoiling this film. Seeing how the story unfolds is one of the greatest joys of this sure to be Oscar winner.

Note: I did not comment on the picture or audio quality as I did not receive a physical copy for review.

Extras: Digital copy, a featurette on the character of Dante, trailers and promo spots, 7 deleted scenes and an intro, a short titled “Welcome To The Fiesta,” a self-explanatory “How To Draw A Skeleton,” commentary by Lee Unkrich, Darla Anderson and Adrian Molina, a feature on families and Mexican culture titled “Mi Familia,” a featurette on creating a real and digital guitar with “The Real Guitar,” an actor specific extra called “You Got The Part!,” featurettes on the music (“The Music Of Coco”) and costumes (“Fashion Through The Ages”), a bonus feature about the crew’s trip to Mexico called ‘A Thousand Pictures A Day,” a feature on the land of the dead called “Land of Our Ancestors” and a crew centric piece titled “Paths To Pixar: Coco.”

“Coco” will be available on Blu-ray, 4K, and DVD Feb. 27, 2018 and is now available to purchase digitally.

February 21, 2018 - Posted by | Movie Review | , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Awesome movie! Ended perfectly!

    Comment by Dayne Watkins | February 21, 2018 | Reply

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