VVNG – There I was, halfway through enjoying another magnificent Pixar movie, when I started thinking: “Hey, maybe Pixar isn’t going to make me cry this time. Maybe they are just going to let me enjoy a fantastic celebration of Mexican culture.”… Boy, was I wrong! All of a sudden the screen got completely blurry when my eyes got covered with a thick layer of sad juice. I started trying to close my tear ducts and breathe properly as this movie started yanking violently at my heartstrings. Just as the Mexican saying goes, if you don’t like hot sauce, then you are not Mexican. Well I say if you go watch Coco, and don’t cry, not only are you not Mexican, I doubt you are even from this planet. Even though this movie obviously has Mexico and its people on its mind, anyone, from anywhere, can appreciate the jaw-dropping animation, the lively colors and the beautiful family story that all come together to help make Coco, a movie that is as heartwarming as it is drop-dead gorgeous.
I give Coco, el “¡Sello de Aprobación del Checky™!” (Checky™ Seal of Approval) So many of the unique things that make Mexico special were perfectly portrayed in this film. The music, the art, the tamales, the architecture, the passion, the lingo, the chancla, and even some of the greatest Mexican artists that have passed away were respectfully featured in the movie. The first time I saw a trailer for this flick, I instantly thought of Book of Life, and although I really liked that movie, Coco is a lot more realistic and detailed than Book of Life.
It is abundantly clear that this film was made with tons of creativity and love. Every frame of this movie is bursting with color and stunning visuals. You should definitely pay the extra moola to watch this in 3D. I wouldn’t say this movie is hilarious, but it definitely has some very funny jokes throughout its entire runtime that kept me laughing and smiling regularly.
The only (minor) negative thing I will say about this animated masterpiece is that sometimes the movie slows down and gets a bit too serious, and although I did not mind that at all, it MIGHT cause some of the younger kiddos to get a bit antsy. Oh, and there is a Frozen “short” before the movie that felt way too long, so just be prepared for that. It was funny, but I wanted to get to the movie already. Having said that, I really enjoyed the way the filmmakers seamlessly combined so many of the things that we love about Mexico into a very entertaining and beautiful movie about family that you can enjoy (regardless of your ancestry) with all of your loved ones.
It should go without saying, but I recommend this excellent movie, that does not dumb down or rely on stupid humor to keep the younglings’ attention, to anyone who appreciates culture, creativity, beauty and/or their family. So put on your chanclas and take your entire familia to go watch this colorful, artistic and touching film about death and the afterlife that is very much full of life.
So, what did you think of Coco? Do you agree or disagree with me? Which flick are you checking out this week? Let me know in the comments below. Have a great day at the movies and don’t forget to save me some popcorn.
Official Synopsis: Despite his family’s generations-old ban on music, young Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead. After meeting a charming trickster named Hector, the two new friends embark on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.