Coco Movie Review

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Coco Movie Review

Mani NP, Writer

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This animated fantasy and mystery movie was released on November 22, 2017, by Pixar. This PG movie talks about a young Mexican boy Miguel, who dreams of becoming a famous musician like his role model Ernesto de la Cruz. As he journeys, he finds himself in the land of the dead and meets the trickster Héctor. Together they explore the lands to find out the real truth behind Miguel’s family. Though this is not Pixar’s greatest film, many reviewers, like A.O Scott of the NY Times, think that it is still very good. Coco focuses on two main themes throughout the story, these two themes interplay with each other to create a good storyline. The first and main theme is “Follow your heart, seize your moment.”. This refers to Miguel’s goal of becoming a great musician and being recognized for it. The other theme is “Nothing is more important than family.”. This is used because there are many scenes in which the main characters have to work together as a family to succeed. Though Coco is a relatively clean movie, there are one or two hidden jokes that were obviously meant for adults. Though this movie was very culturally adapt and showed a lot of open-mindednesses, I felt that this was much too similar to The Book of Life. Both Miguel and Manolo were obsessed with becoming a musician but were stopped by their strict families who wanted them to pursue the family career. Both movies also included a large amount of time spent in the land of the dead. Coco is a great movie with a lot of interesting plot points and twists but I feel that it is just a repeat of every stereotypical Pixar, a boy who wants to pursue his passion, a funny side character, and insertion a culture and its myths.

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