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Movie Review: ‘Coco’ Teaches Audiences to Forgive, But Not Forget

In Disney•Pixar’s “Coco,” Miguel’s love of music ultimately leads him to the Land of the Dead where he teams up with charming trickster Hector. “Coco” features an original score from Oscar®-winning composer Michael Giacchino, the original song “Remember Me” by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, and additional songs co-written by Germaine Franco and co-director/screenwriter Adrian Molina. Also part of the team is musical consultant Camilo Lara of the music project Mexican Institute of Sound. In theaters on Nov. 22, 2017. © 2017 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Starring: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Renée Victor, Ana Ofelia Murguia, Alanna Ubach, Jaime Camil, Sofía Espinosa, and Edward James Olmos

Director: Lee Unkrich

Running Time: 109 Minutes

Rating: PG for Subtly Teaching Kids About Death

Release Date: November 22, 2017

Pixar’s latest original film Coco tells the story of a young boy named Miguel whose passion for music knows no bounds, despite his family’s hatred of it. After he attempts to use the guitar of a famous deceased musician, Miguel finds himself in the Land of the Dead, where he must get his family’s blessing in order to return home.

Visually, Coco might be Pixar’s best work yet. The Land of the Dead is stunning and a treat to look at. With its vibrant colors on everything from buildings to flying animals, beautiful doesn’t even begin to describe the world Miguel gets transported to.

Without spoiling too much (the summary is already on Wikipedia if you’re curious), Disney brings back the usual schtick of “Family is important,” in terms of this film’s message, but it has never felt more natural than when paired with Dia de Los Muertos. Sure, you may not have to forgive your family, but you should never forget them.

One thing you won’t forget? The movie’s main song, “Remember Me,” which will definitely put you through the wringer of emotions during this film’s runtime.

The only problem I had with this film was that it can be very predictable, so long as you’re not under the age of 10. Sure, there are plot twists aplenty, but I found myself guessing correctly what was going to happen at some points.

But that definitely doesn’t take you out of the story. The last ten minutes (and an additional few into the credits) had me bawling like a baby. Think Up, just reversed.

While predictable at times, Coco is a beautiful film that will delight both kids and the adults forced to take them so that they could see the Frozen short playing at the beginning.

Coco is Recommended If You Like: When Pixar movies make you cry like a baby, as long as that movie isn’t a part of the Cars franchise, The Book of Life.

Grade: 3.5 out of 5 Frida Kahlo Cameos

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