Disney Pixar’s Coco: A Review From A Skeptic
I have to admit that I was not interested in seeing Coco. There, I said it. But having been disappointed by Book of Life, an animated movie that also featured characters who traveled into the land of the dead on a mission, can you really blame me? I am not a member of the Hispanic community. However, I have studied the culture and language. I find the Hispanic culture, as well as the celebration of the dead, fascinating. Therefore, I was really excited to see Book of Life. About 30 minutes into the movie, I was dissatisfied. Then, when I saw the trailer for Coco, the storyline seemed…familiar. I wasn’t interested in being let down again.
In spite of these reservations, we took my 5-year-old godson to the movies and decided to see Coco. This time, I was not disappointed. First of all, let's talk about the artwork. Disney's Pixar is known for its incredible attention to detail. Pixar out did itself in Coco. The colors were perfect, and they did not miss a single facet.
Not only was the artwork and animation far superior to Book of Life, the storyline was spectacular. The story starts with a young boy who has a dream of being a musician, despite his family’s long-standing aversion to music. Through a series of events, he finds himself in the land of the dead and has to find his great-great-grandfather before sunrise, or he will be unable to return home to the living.
Coco held not only my attention but also my godson's. It had the perfect mixture of humor and depth. It made me laugh and cry. At which point my sister teased me. What can I say? I'm sensitive, and Pixar got me right in the feelings. The audience takes away more than one lesson from this animated film.
While I didn’t think I’d be seeing this feature, let alone writing a review for it, I highly recommend seeing it and bringing your entire family – everyone is sure to love it!