Brendan Da Costa

Coco (2017) Poster

Title: Coco

Directed by: Lee Unkrich & Adrian Molina

Written by: Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina, Jason Katz & Matthew Aldrich

Starring: Alfonso Arau, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Jaime Camil, Sofía Espinosa, Anthony Gonzalez, Selena Luna, Ana Ofelia Murguía, Herbert Siguenza, Alanna Ubach & Renee Victor

Produced by: Darla K. Anderson

“The importance

of

family.”

Reel Talk - Coco (2017)

November 29, 2021
by Brendan Da Costa

Wrapped up in some of Disney Pixar’s most beautiful animation is a heartfelt and original story about the importance of family, the strength of culture, finding your identity and following your dreams.

 

Young Miguel pursues his passion for music in spite of his family’s multi-generational ban. On Día de Muertos, young Miguel crosses over into the Land of the Dead where he must confront his family’s “skeletons” and secure their blessing before he can return home.

 

Winner in the Best Animated Feature Film category at the 90th Academy Awards, Coco is one of those fun-for-the-whole family films that is sure to brighten everyone’s spirits during the prolonged COVID-19 quarantine.

“[…] a heartfelt and original story about the importance of family, the strength of culture, finding your identity and following your dreams.”

In this affecting children’s film, there are plenty of silly and juvenile laughs to keep the young ‘uns listening attentively and enough fun, clean humour for the adults and teenagers to keep the cellphones put away.

 

Coco also won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Remember Me”. While its Oscar-winning song is, musically, the most accomplished and serves as the emotional and thematic climax of the story, other songs such “Proud Corazón”, “Un Poco Loco” and “The World Es Mi Familia” are catchy, memorable and touching in their own right. If you’re sick of listening to the kids sing the overplayed “Let It Go” from the overhyped Frozen, put on Coco and give them a day to learn the lyrics.

The voice acting across the board is just as colourful and full of life as the animated characters themselves—if there was a category for voice acting at the Academy Awards, Coco would have walked off with that one too. In particular, Anthony Gonzalez—the voice of the main character, Miguel—helps to create a character that is likeable and empathetic.

 

But this isn’t just a pretty and pretty catchy movie with technical and artistic merits galore—Coco offers lessons in lyrics. This film broaches topics like death, family strife, tradition, culture and dreams with candor and levity.

 

If you don’t care about any of that, then settle in with the family with a big bowl of popcorn and be dazzled by some of the most stunning visuals ever in an animated feature film—the colours leap off the screen.

“[…] settle in with the family with a big bowl of popcorn and be dazzled by some of the most stunning visuals ever in an animated feature film…”