Director : Lee Unkrich
Producer : Darla K. Anderson
Cast : Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Edward James Olmos and Renée Victor
Genre : Animated/Comedy
Release Date : November 24, 2017
Music Director : Michael Giacchino
Awesome-O-Metre : 7.0/10
Revue of COCO
Coco is about 12-year-old called Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) whose family despise music. Miguel’s love for melody would however take him to otherworldly planes to prove that music brings families together rather than separate them.
This animated feature from Pixar/Disney starts with a 20-minute short called “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” which is about Olaf (Josh Gad) trying to get a Christmas tradition for Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel). We all love Olaf but somehow this short seemed kinda boring. Anyways, the torture that was Olaf’s Frozen Adventure was soon forgotten as soon as Coco started.
Coco is inspired by Mexico’s festival of Día de los Muertos (Day Of The Dead) where the living remember their dead loved ones by bringing gifts to their gravesites and setting off fireworks in celebration. The first reaction from the kids in the cinema to the ghoulish characters was one of fear which soon melted away as the characters endeared their way to the kid’s hearts. Soon afterwards, everyone in the cinema (by “everyone” I mean the kids) started rooting for the character of Hector and Miguel.
This film couldn’t have come at a better time – what with the plans by the Trump administration to build a wall – but I think exposing kids to the idea that the dead live among us is quite creepy. I am big on tradition and I would never talk down on another person’s culture but I can’t lie to you, I did find this film rather eerie. Let me reproduce the convo I had with the three kids I went to the cinema with:
Me: What did we learn from Coco?
Kid 1: Family first always.
Kid 2: We must never forget our dead relatives.
Kid 3: Dead people are awesome to hang out with.
The first 2 kid’s responses seemed okay, but the third one gave me the heebie-jeebies. I quickly checked Coco’s ratings of (which I should have done before the seeing it) and it was rated PG, so I advise that parents shouldn’t let kids see this alone without adult supervision. So I had to do some “elderly duties” by explaining that dead people are not a particularly cool gang to hang out with.
Other than the spooky stuff, I think Coco is a heartwarming and fantastic colorful tale about family steeped in tradition and layered with a bit of treachery and reckoning. I will recommend it because the kids absolutely had a ball watching it…that is if you ignore the short film at the beginning of the feature film. I like to hear from you guys, were you creeped out like me? How did the kids feel about it? Hit me with your comments below or on Twitter or Facebook and let me know what you think about this film…or any other film for that matter.
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