|Directed by||:||Lee Unkrich||Produced by||:||Darla K. Anderson||Starring||:||Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Renée Victor, Ana Ofelia Murguia||Production company||:||Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios||Country||:||United States|
Movie Review – Coco (2017)
Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer.
All good things must come to an end, and in recent years, it felt as if Pixar, the once mighty animation behemoth were mid-metamorphosis, awaiting the final turn towards Dreamworks mundanity. It helps little that be it for Inside Out, their last five features have peaked at Finding Dory, a passing distraction and a sequel unasked for.
Thankfully, Coco finds the once mighty studio again reigning supreme; it’s a swaggering, ripe, rich and deeply emotional study of the poetic temperance of passing. Like Inside out, Toy Story 3 and Monsters, Inc. before, it acts as something with which children can come to understand what it is to grow up.
Newcomer Anthony Gonzalez stars as Miguel, a child infatuated with music, in particular his here Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt). His family however has outlawed music following the broken heart of his great-great-Grandma, whose musician husband abandoned her. However, when Miguel steals a guitar from the tomb of de la Cruz, he finds himself transported to the Land of the Dead. To get back home, he befriends bumbling skeleton Hector (Gael Garcia Bernal) in order to find a familial member to get back home.