Review in Brief: Coco (2017)

I promised myself I wasn’t going to cry at COCO, Pixar’s latest. I need to stop making promises I can’t keep. Even the reason behind the film’s title brought on a little lip wobble. The studio really does produce emotionally mature animation, and with this coming hot on the heels (by Pixar standards) of INSIDE OUT, the cartoons seem to be growing up in real-time with their avid fans. Coco carries a real poignancy very appropriate to the Dia de los muertos; losing a loved one, while upsetting is not the end, and they never really leave us while we still mark their passing and remember the joy they brought us. The real heartbreak comes from those without anyone left to remember them, those forgotten or ignored by their surviving family for a variety of typically silly (in the grand scheme of things) family reasons. The animation is vibrant and imaginative and it’s wonderfully performed by the actors, singers and musicians, an appropriately festival-like experience with a thoughtfully sombre undercurrent. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

I'm not paid to write about film - I do it because I love it. Favourites include Sam Mendes, Guillermo del Toro, Bong Joon-ho, Steven Spielberg, Danny Boyle, Edgar Wright, Taika Waititi and the Coen Brothers. All reviews and articles are original works owned by me. They represent one man's opinion, and I'm more than happy to engage in civilised debate if you disagree.
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3 Responses to Review in Brief: Coco (2017)

  1. indiefan20 says:

    I teared up at this movie too. 🙂 We’re going to have to watch it again soon because my dad fell asleep during it, which he often does during movies. I thought this was the best Pixar film since “Up,” even better than “Inside Out” (which I really liked.)

    • Monsters Inc is still my favourite overall, but Coco is definitely up there. I’m unable to watch films with my mum after dark no matter how engaging they are, because you can put money on her nodding off at some point!

      • indiefan20 says:

        I was really excited about seeing “Monsters Inc.” in the theater as a kid and I remember being disappointed by it but I’m not sure why. I haven’t seen it since; maybe I should watch it as an adult and see if I like it better. 🙂

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