By Myles Lambeth – The Collegiate Staff
Over Thanksgiving break, Disney Pixar released its 19th film “CoCo,” directed by Lee Unkrich who previously directed “Toy Story 3” and executive produced several films including “Finding Nemo”, “Ratatouille,” “Monsters University.” etc. All of these movies have been critically and commercially successful, and “CoCo” is going to be another name to add to the list.
The plot of “CoCo” involves an animated depiction of the Mexican Holiday Día de Los Muertos, Day of the Dead. The main character is a 12-year-old boy named Miguel Rivera, an outcast to his family because of his love for music. He is accidentally transported to the land of the dead, where he meets his deceased family members and seeks the help of his musician great-great-grandfather to return him to his family among the living.
Excluding its concept, the best part of the film was its animation approach. Not only was the movie a blast to watch but each character in the land of the dead had their own unique look and style to them. None of them looked like one another and their movement styles were distinctly different than the alive characters. The bright and colorful worlds they visited were also visually appealing.
The beginning of the movie may seem a little slow but once Miguel gets transported to the land of the dead the film takes off. The audience gets introduced to several new and exciting characters, there are several plot twists to keep you on the edge of your seat, and the music (composed by Michael Giacchino) is very well done and catchy enough that some may look it up after the movie.
It was such a risk to make a movie like this as it could’ve easily gone wrong and been incredibly offensive. But they managed to create a story that kids and adults can both enjoy. I personally believe this is the best-animated film of the year and if you’re a Pixar fan, someone who celebrates this holiday, or frankly want a movie to take your kids to, “CoCo” is the perfect candidate.