Coco is the musical fantasy adventure animation film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The film is originally written and directed by Lee Unkrich, who has also co-directed Toy Story 2 (1999), Monsters, Inc. (2001), Finding Nemo (2003). It is his second film as the fully-owned director after Toy Story 3 (2010), so his past work is enough to elevate the expectations of viewers from this film, and yes, undoubtedly this is the best animation film of the year 2017, (hope it will get the Academy Award nominations). And Coco is definitely among the Pixar’s best movies in years.
The story starts with a 12-year-old boy named Miguel (voiced by Anthony Gonzalez) who is a striving and passionate musician but unfortunately belongs to the Mexican Rivera family which has an ancestral ban on music. So while on the course of following his dreams, Miguel who is secretly inspired by Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt), a singing legend and film star, confronts his family and accidentally travels to the land of the dead where he should return back to the real world before the sunrise by the blessing of one of his skeletal dead family members otherwise he’ll be dead forever. In this adventure, he encounters Héctor (Gael García Bernal), a down-on-his-luck skeleton and seeks his help to return to his family among the living.
Conceptually the movie is based on the Mexican holiday of Día de Muertos, where family members gather together and remember their ancestors so that dead ancestors can reunite with their family from the realm of dead people and celebrate the festive season. The film has a really strong and powerful story with light-hearted humor which is enough to touch viewers’ hearts. Overall the story is compelling and some of the moments move viewers from inside that one just cannot stop crying. The animation is so vibrant and colorful which makes every screen visually beautiful. The vocal performances of every individual are believable and excellent. The songs and the music are so melodious that it makes the film overwhelmingly wonderful and gives the exact proportion for the sense of fulfillment. It is the really good take on the polarity of the basic but strongest human emotion of being remembered and being forgotten.
Verdict : Amazing animation film with really powerful story and music. Just go and book the tickets. A really nice film to watch with family, friends, and loved ones.
Rating : 4/5