Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Héctor (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.

What We Thought:

Coco is Disney/Pixar’s latest film and I mean that in every sense of the way. Other than it being a Spanish family/lead, there is nothing new or original whatsoever to the film. It follows Disney/Pixar’s formula to a T and because of that, the film didn’t do much for me.

I’m not a Disney/Pixar diehard like a lot of people. Sure I love the Toy Story franchise, Monsters Inc., Up and a few others, but the Cars films aren’t that good. I hated Inside Out and there are a few I’ve never seen because I had no interest. If you are a diehard, you’ll love the film and will probably get teary eyed because every Pixar film is designed to make you emotional. I don’t have heartstrings to tug on so Disney doesn’t get me emotional.

Kids will love the movie though and I’m fine with that. Kids are supposed to love Disney/Pixar and they will love the music, the colors, the animals and more. I find it all very formulaic, but kids don’t know what that word means. They will laugh at the dog. I saw the dog as the sea lion (or seal, I don’t remember what it was) in Finding Dory. I saw the dog as the rooster in Disney’s Moana. It’s just another off beat animal character with weird eyes/facial expressions to make kids laugh. That’s fine, I’m just tired of it. Time to go to a new well Pixar, but they won’t, they make too much money this way.

The Land of the Dead area reminded me exactly of Inside Out’s emotional world backdrop. It had the same type of split off design and everything. That’s another thing about this movie, it was the first time I really wasn’t wowed by the animation. There is a water scene where Miguel falls into a cave type area with Hector that was pretty stunning, but overall I just wasn’t impressed with the animation.

I’m not the target audience for Disney/Pixar’s Coco so what I think really is irrelevant. I don’t understand the adults who go hog-wild over these films because to me they are all the same. I thought Miguel was a bit of a whine bag, but not nearly as bad as the girl in Inside Out, god I hated her. Kids will love it and like most Pixar films it will make a pretty good amount of money at the box office. It’s just not for me.

Recommended If You Like:

  • Inside Out
  • Moana
  • Disney/Pixar Films

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