Coco

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Coco's rich visual pleasures are matched by a thoughtful narrative that takes a family-friendly -- and deeply affecting -- approach to questions of culture, family, life, and death.

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Despite his family's baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history.

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Cast

Benjamin Bratt
as Ernesto de la Cruz
Alanna Ubach
as Mamá Imelda
Renée Victor
as Abuelita
Edward James Olmos
as Chicharrón
Alfonso Arau
as Papa Julio
Herbert Siguenza
as Tio Oscar/Tio Felipe
Lombardo Boyar
as Plaza Mariachi/Gustavo
Selene Luna
as Tia Rosita
Carla Medina
as Departures Agent
Dyana Ortelli
as Tia Victoria
Luis Valdez
as Tio Berto/Don Hidalgo
Salvador Reyes
as Security Guard
Cheech Marin
as Corrrections Officer
Octavio Solis
as Arrivals Agent
John Ratzenberger
as Juan Ortodoncia
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  • Jun 17, 2018
    Pixar...what else can you say? They can tell a story as well as anyone ever, and better than most. This is a moving film with lots to say about family and music. Of course I loved it. Of course I could tell where it was probably going. I didn't care. I laughed and cried. It reminded me of my mother-in-law Ruth at one point. I connected with it completely. Great movie.
    Morris N Super Reviewer
  • May 30, 2018
    I'm starting this review a few hours before, I'm assuming, I watch tonight's featured film, so I may not finish this review in time given that I seem to wax poetic whenever I'm reviewing Pixar movies. Look, I've mentioned this a lot when reviewing their movies, but it's obvious that since this Disney mandated sequelitis, with Pixar releasing four sequels starting in 2011 with Cars 2 whereas, prior to that, they had only released two sequels (Toy Story 2 and 3) in the preceding 15 years prior to that point. I suppose you could make the argument that this heavy focus on sequels started with Toy Story 3, but I don't like to count that since, unlike the other sequels they've done since, it felt like a natural continuation of the story established in the previous films. Toy Story 4, in my opinion, doesn't make sense because, to me, they've already finished that story and that narrative. While I've no doubt that Toy Story 4 will deliver the goods, there's no real angle to justify a sequel, creatively at least, since, again, the toys got the send-off they deserved in the third flick. That's neither here nor there, I suppose, but it's obvious that Disney has pushed them towards this route, given that sequels are easier sells than original films, with all the merchandising deals they can make. I felt that Pixar even hinted at this with a character in Cars 3. I'm not getting into that, since I already went over it in the review for that movie. But, again, it's been a really long time since, to me, Pixar felt like Pixar. As great as Inside Out and Finding Dory were, I felt like they were a step below Pixar's standards. Inside Out had some repetitiveness and Finding Dory, well, it was great, but it just wasn't excellent. Having said that, Inside Out was great and it showed that Pixar's true passion lies in creating new stories and exploring new horizons. While I had my issues with Inside Out, it was a glimpse that Pixar still had it in them to create stories that really do hit home. Particularly Inside Out since, essentially, it was a movie about mental illness, a very real topic. And it explored that topic with all the intelligence and warmth we've come to expect from Pixar. This brings us to Coco and, goddamnit, if this isn't the best movie Pixar has made in, honestly, almost a decade. Toy Story 3 (a modern classic) was released 8 years ago and nothing of theirs, since then, has even come close to that. Well, that is, until this little gem of a movie came along. I suppose I should get this out of the way first, and it might be a controversial statement to some (particularly if you're a crackpot right-winger), but Mexican mythology/folklore is superior to its American equivalent in every way, shape or form. I'm not talking about one country being superior to the other, that's not what I'm saying at all (though the U.S has one MAJOR, orange flaw in their midst). What I'm saying is that stuff like this, that explores Dia de los Muertos and its significance in that culture is so rich and detailed and, really, there's nothing that can even rival that in the States. There's nothing. I'm willing to wait it out if you do have something that comes close to that or the decorative skulls and, again, its significance to that culture and the Dia de los Muertos. There's a movie similar to this one, called The Book of Life and, really, the similarities are skin-deep, because while the movie definitely delves into the other side, where spirits of the dead go after they, you know, die, I think this movie goes into more detail regarding the day and the offerings people make in order to, quite literally, allow their loved ones to visit them and see how they are doing. This is one of the more important aspects of the movie, since, if a person does not have a photo of them put up as part of an offering, they can't cross to the other side and see their living loved ones. Another important thing to note is that the dead aren't in the 'other side' forever. The moment the last person who remembers them is gone (as in dead) they fade away into who knows what. This is important to the narrative. Anyway, let's move on. The movie looks at Miguel, a 12-year-old kid who wants to be a musician when he grows up. There's just one caveat and that is that his great-great-grandmother banned music in their family when her husband, a musician, abandoned her with her daughter to pursue his dreams of becoming famous. Miguel, disillusioned but not giving up, has a guitar stashed away in a secret room along with video tapes of his favorite singer/actor/everything awesome, Ernesto De La Cruz. Long story short, Miguel finds a photo that leads him to believe that De La Cruz is a relative of his. After an incident where Miguel's grandmother breaks his guitar for refusing to listen to her, he runs away to a mausoleum, where De La Cruz's coffin is at, complete with his signature guitar. He takes the guitar, stealing from the dead on the Dia de los Muertos, is a big no-no, so he is sent to the other side. This is where he meets his long-dead relatives (whose photos are on the offering table their family has set-up). Basically, being sent back to the land of the living, Miguel just has to get a blessing from one of his relatives. His great-grandmother does so on the condition that he give up music. Miguel reluctantly agrees, but proceeds to take the guitar and is, again, sent back to the land of the dead. This is where the movie picks up, with Miguel going on a journey to find De La Cruz in order to get HIS blessing, since he approves of Miguel pursuing his career. Miguel teams up with a trickster named Hector, who apparently knows De La Cruz. Hector helps Miguel on the condition that, when Miguel comes back to the land of the living, he put up Hector's picture on the offering table, so he can come back to the land of the living and see his daughter one last time. The thing about the movie and its narrative is that it is very easy to figure out what the 'twist' is gonna be. And, you know what, I felt like that didn't actually hamper my enjoyment of the movie at all. In fact, in some ways, I felt that it added to my enjoyment. Exploring the theme of death in a film like this, one that's aimed at a family audience, is definitely very tricky. Obviously you have to do it in a way that teaches you something about who we are as human beings and how we treat our dead. Also, it's intriguing because, again, movies like this just try to shy away from that theme, but not this flick. I guess it's because, death, is an inherent part of Mexican culture. And I don't mean that in a bad way, in the slightest, it's just that, if you're a believer, then death really isn't the end. Regardless of whether or not you can interact with your deceased loved ones, you can, according to the offerings, allow them a glimpse into your life to show them that, still, you have them in your hearts and your thoughts. And, really, as much as I'm not a superstitious man, I find that there's a lot of beauty in that. Beauty that is explored thoroughly in this movie cause, in spite of it all, this is a story about family and the love of that family keeping the spirits of their deceased loved ones alive. As far as the narrative goes, again, there's some predictability, but that doesn't detract from how emotionally engaging the movie really is. Hector is a man that you sympathize with and, this might be very spoiler heavy (YOU'VE BEEN WARNED), his journey to see his daughter one last time is emotionally heart-wrenching. Hector is a man, who was murdered by De La Cruz (who stole all his songs and became famous off of them), who just wants to see his daughter one last time. Which is what he was about to do when he was poisoned by De La Cruz. There's something he mentions, since it's teased that Hector is just about to fade away (given that his daughter is dying) and it's that the only chance he has to see his daughter and, the moment she dies, is the moment he fades away. So he can't even see his daughter in the land of the dead and there's something, honestly, quite heartbreaking about that. He's damned if he does and damned if he doesn't. That's why you sympathize with him and root for him all the way until he finally gets his wish to be put up on an offering table to visit his family on the Dia de los Muertos. The movie, obviously is steeped in Mexican culture and, while I'm not Mexican, you can see that these people really fucking did their research. It's not an exploitation of that culture, it is a celebration of the culture and everything that encompasses it. And I think that's the best thing about this movie, because there's a certain apprehension one feels when you hear that Pixar is tackling Mexican culture in one of their films. You just feel that they might not get it right. But, again, in my opinion, they did a wonderful job at exploring the culture, it doesn't poke fun at the superstitious nature of the people and, again, it just celebrates the beauty (really) in the Dia de los Muertos celebration. Of course, and this should go without saying, that the animation is, literally, out of this world. I can't even imagine how gorgeous this movie would look on a 4K television. But it's not just the beauty and, again, this is something that I've mentioned a lot in my Pixar reviews, it's just the amount of detail they put into even the tiniest of things. And, honestly, it's the sort of thing that you'd really have to watch the movie multiple times to catch on. There's a reason these people are the best at what they do, because they've got some of the best animators working for them. I honestly can't rave enough about them. As I mentioned, the story goes to some very interesting places and it's a very engaging film from beginning to end. Of course, the movie being the way it is, there's some very emotional moments. But, again, it doesn't feel unearned. The film's world is so well-constructed and the characters so well-developed that it doesn't feel manipulative in the slightest. Miguel singing Hector's song that he wrote for his young daughter who's now, clearly, in her 90s and nearly dying is...oh god, the feels were too strong with that one. But, again, in spite of that and those definitely very emotional moments, it all adds up to a lovely and beautiful result. Death, in this universe and culture, is not seen as the bad thing that it is in the U.S. It is just the next step and, as long as you keep their memory alive in your hearts, then they'll always be there. That sounds very cliched, but it's a sentiment that this movie explores beautifully. The voice acting is excellent, as it almost always is in these movies. The kid who plays Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) is tremendous, Gael Garcia Bernal is tremendous. To avoid repeating myself too much, everyone here is tremendous as far as voice acting is concerned. I don't really know what else I can say about this movie. I'm not saying this is one of Pixar's best because, considering their track record, it's not. But it's also not far from that level either. This is a fantastic movie and, really, you would be doing yourself a disservice if you miss out on this, particularly now that it's on Netflix. Highly recommended and I loved absolutely every second of this.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • May 04, 2018
    This may actually be PIxar's least funny film, but that's beside the point. It actually succeeds in everything it sets out to do: tell a beautifully animated and deeply touching story while paying respect to a fascinating Mexican tradition. The visuals are breath-taking and the story so sweet, you have to admire that the film somewhat holds back on the usual slapstick and sticks to its very humane message. Adorable and a feast for all senses!
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 03, 2018
    Coco is an extravagant tale of culture and ambition that's exemplary in all aspects: sights, sound and story. The film touts its vibrant layout, rhythmic vibes and overall heartfelt tone that hits home deeply and more uniquely in a fashion befitting of Disney & Pixar . 4.97/5
    Super Reviewer

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