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“Coco” movie review – [Animation, musical]

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"Coco" movie review

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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 colorful 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. And what is the relation of Coco with all of this!

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Quick states

  • Rating: 8.4
  • Director: Lee Unkrich
  • Genres: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Music, Mystery
  • Stars: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt
  • Writers: Lee Unkrich
  • Certificate: PG
  • Country: USA, Mexico
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Release Date: 2017
  • AKA: Coco
  • Filming Location: California, USA
  • Runtime: 105 min

“Coco” movie review

Sometimes I get the feeling that I am cursed by something that happened even before my birth; something I had nothing to do with and I hadn’t even been born when it happened. So why should I bear the consequences? All I wanted to do was play my guitar and the world to hear my music. But the people who were supposed to support me were the ones who stood before my dream; and smashed my guitar in front of my eyes. Shouldn’t family support one?!

Coco, written by Adrian Molina and Matthew Ulrich, and directed by Lee Unkrich, is about Miguel; a young musician who would like to become a famous musician like De La Cruz. But this career is forbidden by his family because his grandfather left the family to pursue his musical dream. His wife relied on herself and made shoes. Then, it became the family profession that is passed on to individuals generation after generation. On the day of death, Miguel steals De la Cruz’s guitar to take part in a music contest. But he ends up in the land of the dead and the only way to get his family blessed.

Disney movies are dedicated to young people; I don’t mean by saying that they’re childish, but they’re so appropriate that we’re keen to follow them more than young ones. But the target group of Disney movies is young; so making a movie about death requires special criteria to fit this category. So how did Disney and Pixar so brilliantly succeed in making a kids-friendly film that discusses the idea of death?

“Coco” movie trailer

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The story’s secret is that Disney has presented a folkloric film inspired by Mexican customs and traditions; with its makers traveling 5 times to Mexico to study culture, customs, traditions, folklore, and people to determine the story and characters of “Coco”.

My grandmother says that death does not exist and that we die when others forget us. When our loved ones leave life, they move to another beautiful; delightful world filled with orange flowers that lead them to use on the day of the dead. On the day of the dead, we clean and decorate their graves and offer them relatives; which is their favorite food and drink. We celebrate their memory and their souls descend on the ground in an atmosphere full of fun and singing. Those who forget and no one in the world remembers is disappearing from the world. This is called the ultimate death.

Most of the characters in the film are skeletons. The filmmakers have done a great job in making the skeletons non-scary and creating a distinctive and different shape and shape for each structure. The structures have also participated in many comedic situations and joyful musical reviews; the quality of the painting and movement must be highly commended.

Coco’s atmosphere is very beautiful and exhilarating; the colors overlap to form charming artistic paintings and an amazing visual experience. The sound performance is unique for everyone, especially the sound performance of Miguel and Hector. The quality and accuracy of the drawings are another world, especially the face of Mama Coco, who was a magnificent portrait showing a frightening accuracy in the detail and wrinkles of the face.

In Conclusion

If you ask me what I like most about Coco, my answer will definitely be the songs. It was iconic and etched in my mind from the sheer beauty of it; and the variety of its impact depending on the moments of the film. It was cheerful and hilarious in most of the film, sad and moving that makes you cry at other times, and advice that you don’t watch this movie and don’t listen to the song “Remember Me” without a can napkins by your side.


Coco focused on the importance of the dream, the music, and the family; and it provided many messages and advice to dreamers and families alike. The individual should not have to pursue his dream and forget his family and their duties towards it. As for the family should support the individual and not be like a stone between the individual and his dream. If each family has a career of its own that is passed down from generation to generation; imagine how many dreams will be shattered. It also discussed death differently and beautifully to immortalize itself as one of the best films discussed this idea.

Ayoub
Writer and film critic for Filmiland website, movies enthusiast, and a college student in the Film and Audiovisual Production Management. "Everything I know I know from movies!"

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