When a film comes from the family of Disney-Pixar, the ardent cinephiles know the amount of value, creativity and sentiment their films weigh upon. Let’s not forget that the studio gave us “Toy Story” back in 1995 and till date they’ve delivered amazing films like, “The Incredibles”, “Finding Nemo”, “Wall-E”, “Ratatouille” and “Inside Out” to name a few among my favorites. After dealing with water (Nemo), metals (Cars), psychology (Inside Out), Disney-Pixar deals with día de muertos- day of the dead.
Set in Mexico, despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. 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, and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.
The story stands so relevant in the times of turbulence in the world, the sentiment of the “family” and “tradition” is weaved delicately into the land of dead accompanied by the music. A multi-layered film which is flavored with the vibrant color palette, baffling animation yet relying on feelings and emotions without making a drag or a brag. Nevertheless, a melancholic adventure rushes throughout and considering the fact that this is Pixar’s longest film into production (6 years)- it works till one is overwhelmed.
Even though the basic structure, narrative and the overview doesn’t offer anything new other than the unique setting which is blended with humor, emotions and music- the film does surprise in the twisting third act. And the music, “Remember Me”, the typical bitterly sweet song from Disney (remember, Let It Go?) – the replayed song is soon entering my playlist. The world of dead is far more interesting and visually ambitious than the living, what does it imply? Immortal celebration of life.
“Coco” is heartfelt, melancholic, refreshing and vibrant adventure. Doesn’t scare the kids with the skeletons walking and talking throughout. SEIZE YOUR MOMENT with “Coco”. FYI: Indian Audience should learn some etiquette while watching a film, that too a 3D- the phone display disturbs the dimensional viewing.
Release: 24 November, 2017
Director: Lee Unkrich
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