Coco is the latest standalone Pixar film since their 2015 flop The Good Dinosaur and before that was Inside Out, which was rated highly by many critics and with good reason. With every Pixar release expected to become an instant hit, this film had some big shoes to fill and could go either way regarding being a success.
The narrative of Coco revolves around Miguel, a young boy born into a family of shoemakers who has a secret passion for music. Music is banned in his household because Miguel’s great-great-grandfather’s passion for music tore their family apart and so music was forbidden to protect their family which they believed had been cursed by music. Miguel plans to take part in a talent show behind his family’s backs, but they find out and destroy the guitar that he made himself. Miguel then discovers the identity of his great-great-grandfather might just be the famous musician that he has secretly idolised his whole life, Ernesto de la Cruz. In light of this information, Miguel chooses to borrow Ernesto’s guitar from his place of burial to use in the talent show, seeing as they were related and he felt that Ernesto would understand. All of this was taking place on the Mexican holiday Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead), which Miguel and his family had prepared for ready to see their ancestors who had passed away over the years. When Miguel took the guitar from Ernesto’s burial ground, he was sucked into the other side and was no longer visible to the living world. Miguel then meets his dead ancestors who agree to take him back to the living world as long as he swears never to play music again. Miguel didn’t agree to the terms and set off on a journey to search for Ernesto who would be able to send him back home with his blessing without Miguel having to compromise his love of music.
Coco was a masterpiece of vibrant colours and animation of the quality expected of any Pixar film. The film was educational in an exciting way which masked the fact by watching this film one could walk away from the cinema having learned all about the Day of the Dead. There were some intense moments caused by various twists which left the audience to the edges of their seats and maybe with a few tears in their eyes.
Surprisingly, Coco hasn’t had anywhere near as much marketing effort put into it as previous Pixar films, but it’s safe to say that it hasn’t affected the film’s box office performance which is currently sitting at $207million (domestic).
This film has everything you could want from a Pixar film and it nothing short of perfection, it was heart-warming and full of twists (and probably Pixar Easter eggs). It’s a great concept and puts a delightful, positive spin on the unavoidable reality of death.