Friday, March 16, 2018

Disney•Pixar's COCO - Film Review

Film Overview:

Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer 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 Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.

Disney•Pixar's COCO is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.  There are many extras, including deleted scenes, music videos, filmmaker commentary, and trailers.  

My Review:

I can't quite remember which movie I watched in theater, but I recall seeing a preview for COCO before that film.  In all honesty, it didn't pique my interest.  When I received the film for review, I thought I'd give it a shot.  Boy, I'm glad I did!  The animation is fluent and expressive, while the story line is meaningful and flows so well.

COCO tells of a tween boy named Miguel who lives with his grandmother, Coco, and her descendants.  Miguel has dreams to become a musician but, for reasons told in the movie, there's a ban on any and all music.  This doesn't stop Miguel from rebelling and practicing music in secret.  When Miguel steals a guitar, he becomes a ghost that only the returning dead can see.  

Miguel is then taken to a place where the dead dwell but he has to hurry up and find a way to get back to the land of living before he becomes part of the dead himself.  While there, he meets some quirky characters and has to turn a wrong into a right.

This film is intended for kids but adults will delight in it as well.

I received product for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.


Kari Wagner Hoban said...

We just saw this over the weekend and LOVED it.
Cried and cried at the end.

Mia E. said...

I saw this with my 9 year old granddaughter and we both loved it. Such a compelling story with great music.

Donna Hufman Warrington said...

I haven't seen the movie yet but thanks for the review, I now know what to expect....though, it does look like a charming movie.

Yona Williams said...

I would like to see this DVD with my nephew...I think he would really like this a lot.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great one to add to the collection!

Jana Leah B said...

I missed this one when it was in theaters.

Tim A said...

I just purchased it on Blu-Ray and the picture is amazing. This movie makes me want to upgrade to a 4K TV it was visually stunning.