I was pretty nervous about watching this. Both Disney and Pixar are very close to my heart and I was nervous that this wouldn’t live up to the hype that was surrounding it.
I try not to get sucked in by those pesky IMDb ratings, but when I see something maintain a 8.7 score for a few months, it’s hard not to get your hopes up.
Coco tells the tale of Miguel, a cutesy little guy with a dream to perform but with his family’s ban on music he runs off to the land of the dead in an attempt to find his great-great-grandfather, who just so happens to be one of the most famous musicians of all time.
It’s an absolute joy to watch! The story is fantastic, the characters are exciting and the way the new worlds and colours are brought to life is beautiful.
My knowledge was little to none about the day of the dead so it was nice to be able to go along this journey with no preconceived ideas about the concept – it was fresh for me and I think that helped make it more magical.
Classic Disney threw in a lot of heart along the way and music always plays a huge part in pulling on those strings.
Oh! It’s worth noting that this isn’t so much a musical movie, it’s more of a film that just so happens to be about music. So don’t go in expecting everyone to suddenly burst into song and dance… (like I did).
I don’t know how Pixar can make films about lost fish, talking toys and now dead Mexicans so relatable, but they do! There’s always a little slice that touches you and makes you question your own bloody life.
One thing I will say is that this definitely isn’t the best Pixar movie to date, but it is a pretty strong contender. I guess the test of it’s strength will come in time, but for now it’s something that everyone should go out and see.
The story itself is pretty simple, but this allows for more detail and character development which really helps the flow and emotional connection. YES! there were a few times I was fighting back the tears, that’s for sure.
If I had to nit pick one thing it was that humour was a little amiss. Sure there was a chuckle here and there, but I’m used to a full on giggle fest with films like Toy Story and Monsters Inc, so my only real criticism is that – but honestly that’s me scraping the barrel.
Overall it’s a great addition to the Disney animated collection and I’m looking forward to seeing it again soon.
8/10 – If you like bright colours, cute dogs and the sweet sweet voice of Benjamin Bratt then this is the film for you.
Ooooo this has reminded me! If you’re not following me on Letterboxd already then check me out on there (@emmalovesfilm) as I’ll be posting a list ranking all the Pixar movies up to date.