Film Review | Coco

The celebration of a lifetime

Coco (2017)

Directors: Lee Unkrich & Adrian Molina

Starring: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt

Genre: Comedy/Drama

Release Date: 19 January 2018

Certificate: PG

Young aspiring musician Miguel (Gonzalez) is quickly growing tired of hiding his love of listening to and performing music from his family, one day it all gets too much and when trying to find out the truth of his ancestry he accidentally ends up being transported to the Land of the Dead, once there he must team up with a group of his ancestors and a trickster by the name of Héctor (Bernal) to help him return to the land of the living.

Anthony Gonzalez in Coco (2017)

I feel like it’s important to stress that if you haven’t seen Coco and might have lost someone close to you, this film will most likely hit you hard, I’m not ashamed to admit that this film brought me to tears on more than one occasion and I really have to take my hat off to the makers for producing a family film with such heart.

Now everyone knows Pixar is the top of the pile when it comes to animated films, but with Coco, they have more than upped their game; the songs are lovely; the colours look amazing on-screen and the animations are top-notch, it’s hard not to fall in love with the world they have created.

Another of the things that make Coco such a lovely and well-rounded film is the plot, all the main characters both living and dead are given enough backstory to make you care about them and the character arks that some of them go on is truly touching, I can’t give the makers of Coco enough credit.

Coco is without one of the most enjoyable, touching beautifully looking animated films I have seen in a long while, possibly since The Lion King, if you have young children or just enjoy a nice story about the importance of family even those you’ve lost then Coco needs to be part of your film collection.

If you liked: The Lion King, Up, Inside Out

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