Coco (2017)

Coco, Disney/Pixar’s 19th title is just Brilliant..

It tells the story of Miguel a 12 years old boy who loves music and dreams of being a musician. but unluckily born in a family that hates music. He gets cursed into the land of the dead, discovers the past of his ancestors, realize the importance of family and unleash the musician inside him.

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The concept of the film is based on the Mexican holiday of Día de Muertos. The story and the characters are well constructed, and there is a clear balance between irony, comedy and the deep emotional approach the movie carries. The journey Miguel took in the land of the dead offers a philosophical perception for life and death so not expected from an animation movie.

The backstory sequence at the beginning of the movie is genuinely creative, using the animated festive decorations to tell the story was very colorful and attractive. The Visuals continues throughout the movie to be very innovative; full of textures and just stunning. The land of death was introduced full of vivid details, that made my mind occupied for sometime after the movie trying to absorb the brilliant vision and the deep emotional dimension.

coco6Coco, the title character is Miguel’s great-grand mother, she barely appears on screen; the thing that raised the question of why is the movie named after her several times. I discovered in the last few minutes with my eyes full of tears and JUST LOVED IT.

The film’s score was composed by academy award winner Michael Giacchino, whom we will always remember for his brilliant work in UP (2009), However, personally I was expecting more from the music and this also applies to the songs specially “Un Poco Loco”, which marks the birth of the artist in Miguel, should have been more powerful. Though can never deny that “Remember me“ written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez; the main song of the movie which reprised several times though-out the run time is a master piece, and probably will be nominated for an Oscar.

– The movie is PG rated, and i think it is not suitable for children less than 8 years old.
– Dante: Miguel’s sidekick is sooooooooooooo cute. 😀
– It is definitely not a Zombies movie!!!!
– Miguel Rivera is Pixar’s first non-Caucasian human protagonist for a full-length Pixar animated feature film.
– “Coco” is preceded by a twenty-one minute animated short film entitled Olaf’s Frozen Adventure in the world wide theatrical release. (It was not screened where I watched it)
-It is the Best Animated Feature in 2017.

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A memorable Quote from Ratatouille

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… In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and theirselves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face, is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so. But there are times when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and defense of the new. The world is often unkind to new talent, new creations, the new needs friends. Last night, I experienced something new, an extraordinary meal from a singularly unexpected source. To say that both the meal and its maker have challenged my preconceptions about fine cooking is a gross understatement. They have rocked me to my core. In the past, I have made no secret of my disdain for Chef Gusteau’s famous motto: Anyone can cook. But I realize, only now do I truly understand what he meant. Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere. It is difficult to imagine more humble origins than those of the genius now cooking at Gusteau’s, who is, in this critic’s opinion, nothing less than the finest chef in France. I will be returning to Gusteau’s soon, hungry for more.