IMDB : 8.8
Rotten Tomatoes : 97%
Plot & Review
Coco is a 3D animated movie produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures on November 2017. The movie took a concept from Mexican holiday Day of the Dead. It follows a story of 12 years old aspiring musician, Miguel who stucks on the land of the dead and must seek the help from his family to return to the land of the living.
Miguel’s great grandmother Imelda married a musician, but her husband left her with their daughter Coco to pursue a career in music and never came back. She banned music from her family and learnt to become a shoemaker which later became the family’s business. In the present, the 12 years old Miguel now living with her family and an elderly Coco. Miguel has a great interest in music and dreaming to become a great musician like Ernesto de la Cruz.
When his grandmother Elena broke his guitar because she knew he wanted to enter a talent show, he concludes that Ernesto is his great grandfather from the photo from his house’s ofrenda. He decides to “borrow” Ernesto’s guitar from his tomb, but instead he is cursed and transported to the land of the dead. To return to the land of the living, he must seek the blessing from his family before sunrise or he will become one of the dead. But when Imelda’s blessing requires him to abandon music, he run away from his family and seek for blessing from Ernesto instead.
While looking for Ernesto, Miguel meets the almost forgotten skeleton named Hector. They make a deal: Miguel will take back Hector’s photo to the land of the living and Hector will help Miguel to find Ernesto. Later, Hector finds out that he died because Ernesto had poisoned him when he tried to get back to his family and Miguel realizes that Hector is actually his great grandfather whose guitar and songs he had written were stolen by Ernesto. Together, with the help from the rest of his family, Miguel reveals to the world that Ernesto was a fraud which resulting Hector reconnects with Imelda again.
As the time close to sunrise, Hector’s in danger from being forgotten and disappearing. Miguel earns his blessing from Imelda without any condition and returns to the land of the living. He sings Hector’s song written for Coco and triggered her memory of Hector and thus saving Hector from disappearing, because Coco is the last living person who still remembers him. The family accepts music back into the family and Miguel reconciles with his grandmother Elena.
In my opinion, Coco was one of the best animated movie this year. It was a touching story about the importance of family wrapped in an interesting Mexican holiday theme. This movie taught us that no matter what happens, a family won’t turn its back to you and it should be the thing you treasure the most before anything.
I like how the movie was a very enjoyable journey, with a light plot twist which rather uncommon in an animated film. As the main theme is a Mexican holiday, the movie successfully deliver the unique Day of the Dead atmosphere with its particular tradition and vibrant color. It’s also packed with some ear-catching songs in both Spanish and English. But I like the full Spanish version better than the mix version.
Honestly, I couldn’t point out anything I don’t like about this movie. I love every part of it, the characters, the music, the plot, just everything. So I would recommend this movie to all of you, and if you can, watch this movie with your loved ones.