Featuring the voices of Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach, Renée Victor, Ana Ofelia Murguía and Edward James Olmos.
Written by Adrian Molina and Matthew Aldrich. Directed by Lee Unkrich.
(Big shout-out to the thousands of creatives also behind this film)
I headed into London earlier to watch “Coco” with my best gal pals- the latest Pixar offering.
This film focuses on Miguel- a young man who wants to be a musician, but who was born into a family who despises music and doesn’t want him to pursue his dream. On the Day of the Dead, Miguel finds himself on the other side- finding out far more about himself and his family than he had reckoned.
First of, I have to say that even as an adult I feel like this film has such an appeal to all ages. It’s got a fantastical storyline, it’s got humour and slapstick and it’s also got the classic clear Pixar message of love, family and hope above all else.
The animation is visually brilliant, and definitely one of the most ambitious that Pixar has managed to successfully pull off, the characterisation is delightful and there’s also a lovely soundtrack to support and tie the whole thing together.
The other thing that this film manages to do is so beautifully tell a wider audience about Mexican culture. I’m fascinated with the Day of the Dead and I think that this film managed to teach not just children but also adults something that they may not have previously known much about.
Although it does follow the classic Pixar plot, this film does manage to surprise, delight and stir tears (what a surprise eh?)- and give something completely unexpected and original in the final scenes.
Once again, Pixar have created something beautiful and magical- a total world of escapism and something so wonderfully original. Have no fear if you have no kids by the way- my cinema was jam packed with adults!
(Starting to think I’m being generous with my 10/10 reviews- but you can’t fault stuff that is this brilliant!)