Coco a seriously good celebration of diversity, culture, and music
Coco is an absolute symphony of joy, music, dancing, and cheer, showing just how fun a ‘children’s’ film can be. With irresistible original songs and a genuinely powerful story, Coco is one of the best Pixar films to date.
Young Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) loves music. All he wants to do is follow his hero, Ernesto De La Cruz (Benjamin Bratt), and become a world-famous artist. But with a family curse forbidding music, this is a dream he has to keep secret from his relations; until Miguel makes a fateful encounter with ancestors he thought he’d never see again.
Playing out its genuinely wonderful message, the story takes all sorts of twists and turns, far less predictable than they first seem. Coco is a credit to itself for being able to show acceptance and leadership from both ends of a family dynamic.
There’s a huge journey taken by multiple characters, though mainly by little Miguel, and it’s this depth the story holds that gives it such a sense of quality. Each character is beautifully stylised as they showcase their independent personalities in a very short space of time.
Some of the animation and ‘cinematography’ is truly ground-breaking and easily compete with any animated picture to come before it. The original music is joyous and uplifting making Coco a seriously good celebration of diversity, culture, and music as it shows off how wonderful our world can be.