Better late than never, we always say. We only got to see Coco a few days ago, and we loved it so much that we needed to acknowledge and recognise its greatness!
Plot-wise, it’s straight-forward.
Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colourful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector, and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. (IMDB)
Coco is about family, music and remembering those who have passed on before us. It is an extremely brave animated movie, presenting children with concepts about the dead – with skeletons that are kid-friendly – and a faithful portrayal of Mexican folklore.
The brilliance of Coco is captured in two plot devices.
One, the character arc of Hector, who initially appears to be an idiot trying to selfishly get something out of Miguel but as the story unfolds is revealed to be his long lost ancestor and the actual hero of the piece! Top notch writing that emphasises that first impressions may not be accurate and that things are never quite as they seem.
Two, the use of the theme song – “Remember Me” – both instances done in a naturalistic manner (without excessive melodrama), brought tears to the eyes and once again demonstrated how music can enhance the movie experience when done right.
Coco is funny, sad, enlightening and inspiring. Despite ostensibly targeted for a younger audience, it has deep layers that will appeal and resonate with adults who are still young at heart.
Our movie of the year, without a doubt!
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