Miguel Rivera is a 12-year-old boy from a small Mexican village who dreams of being a musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz, a musical giant of the era of Miguel’s great-great-grandparents. However, his family doesn’t support this idea because his great-great-grandfather had abandoned his wife and their kid Coco to pursue a career in music and never returned. Thus, the family detests music and musicians and this shatters Miguel.
What will Miguel do now? How can he convince his family to let him live his dreams?
Positive Points: –
- The voice work of all the actors has been fantastic!
- Lee Unkrich’s direction is almost perfect and he shows it yet again as to why he is one of the best directors in the world of animation.
- Inspite of its loose ends, the film’s beautiful screenplay conveys its message quite clearly and effectively.
- On the technical side, Coco is flawless. Be it cinematography, editing, animation or any other possible element, everything is wonderfully executed.
Negative Points: –
- As mentioned before, Coco has some loose ends in its writing which will probably be ignored by its genuine charm and sweetness.
- The film drags a tad amount in the first half but it’s abated properly in the second half.
Direction, Script & Other Technicalities: –
Lee Unkrich is implicitly the star of the movie and everytime you think that he couldn’t do better than this, he blatantly proves you wrong. Matthew Aldrich and Adrian Molina (who is also the co-director) have scripted the film very thoughtfully keeping in touch with the story’s philosophical connotations while exploring the rich Mexican culture and traditions. Unkrich on the other hand makes the film a visual treat with his work and camouflages the scriptal errata with his directional perspicacity. Matt Aspbury and Danielle Feinberg’s cinematography along with the editing by Steve Bloom and Unkrich supports the visual narrative of the flick which is stepped up by the delectable musical work. I liked all the songs of the film except the one Miguel sings on the stage with Hector during the competition (I guess it’s Un Poco Loco), which I found rather flat and unimpressive. Nevertheless, that one glitch doesn’t change my view for the film’s technical excellence at all which was overall fantastic.
Every voice actor has done a commendable job and that even includes those who have voiced walk-out characters. Anthony Gonzalez captures the innocence of Miguel perfectly and gets an able support from Benjamin Bratt, Gael García Bernal and Alanna Ubach to name the best of performers. Even as far as singing is concerned, they have nailed it in their respective works. Simply outstanding!
Final Verdict: –
Coco is magical in not just its basic premise but also at its heart. Running loosely on the lines of Spirited Away, it is the modern fable that every person notwithstanding his age should watch. It can make you smile, laugh, cringe, jump and cry with its emotional and philosophical richness with ease. I guess Coco is perfectly made for a Christmas flick and I won’t be astonished if it walks away with the Oscar for the Best Animated Feature in the upcoming award season.