Coco – Review

Genre Animated, Fantasy
Directed by Lee Unkrich
Starring Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach, Renée Victor, Ana Ofelia Murguía, Edward James Olmos
Released on October 20, 2017 (Morelia), November 22, 2017 (United States)
Duration 105 minutes
Channel Amazon Prime Video

Coco is a 2017 fantasy, drama-mystery animated film by Disney. It is directed by Lee Unkrich. It is beautiful rollercoaster of emotions and it leaves you with newfound praise and appreciation for Disney.

Coco is about a teenager called Miguel who lives with his family of shoemakers in Mexico. His grandmother Coco, is the person he is the closest to and shares everything with. Although Miguel outwardly follows his family’s traditions and does shoe-polishing, he truly wants to be a musician. We see him completely in awe of singer Ernesto de la cruz. His family, however despises music and musicians for they have a painful history associated with it. During the festival called ‘the day of the dead’ where the dead are remembered and called home, Miguel accidentally travels to the land of the dead. It looks like the some kind of an amusement park and this honestly one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen. Coco is about Miguel trying to follow his dreams, changing the opinions of his family and realising that family always supports one another and is best part of you.

Coco  is personally my top favourite out of all the Disney movies I’ve seen so far. I have been following Disney since I was kid and I have seen their content/storytelling change, for the better over the years. Coco, like all Disney movies has a rebellious child (Miguel) who does not want follow the norms forcibly laid down upon him by his family. However, this movie is much closer to home. This movie works in several ways so many other Disney movies were unable to.  First, we are shown family, in it’s full glory – parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, siblings and so much more. We are then showed Miguel, who loves his family but desires something different for himself. His family (the characters) are given enough time to be established and his relationship with them is also very well explained. We see people, with different characteristics – an angry, bossy grandmother; a concerned mother; an silent, obeying father. We also see relatives who are judging Miguel for even thinking about singing. Then we have a rebellious, upset Miguel, who just wants to happy. We see a struggle, since the friction created is very well established. I think this was best last seen in Mulan.

Second, Coco has a well-developed story. Now, when I say story, I don’t mean all the stuff that happens in the film- the events – no, that’s the plot. The story comprises of the underlying themes in the film and why the characters are doing what they’re doing. The themes of the film talk about family, passion, jealousy and friendship. These four concepts are very well-knit together and each one of them has a plot to it. It is very important for a film to have a story – because it creates moments and importantly it.

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