Coco Will Be Music To Your Ears

Alec Eaton, Staff Writer

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Coco is a 2017 Disney Pixar animated movie directed by Lee Unkrich. The movie follows the life of Miguel, a 12-year-old aspiring musician who only plays music behind his family’s back. It is his family’s rule to never play music after his great-great-grandfather left to pursue a life as a musician. Miguel enters a talent show for Día de Los Muertos and Miguel breaks into the burial place of Ernesto De la Cruz, one of the greatest musicians ever, who Miguel assumes is his great-great-grandfather. Once he touched De la Cruz’s guitar, he’s sent to the Underworld and can’t get back without a blessing from one of his deceased family members. While in the Underworld, Miguel meets Héctor, a dead person who didn’t get remembered by his family.

The movie stars Anthony Gonzalez (Miguel), Gael García Bernal (Héctor), Benjamin Bratt (Ernesto de la Cruz), Alanna Ubach (Mamá Imelda), and Ana Ofelia Murguía (Mamá Coco). The movie rated high with audiences, earning $807.1 million worldwide. It received a 97%, from critics, and a 94%, from audiences on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie even won a Best Original Song award at the 90th Academy Awards for “Remember Me”, written by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.

The thing I like about this movie is that the plot doesn’t drive away from Miguel and his problems and go to a different character. Also, the animation is amazing in most places, especially when Miguel visits the Underworld and it is filled with all types of colors. I also love how the movie stays within whatever Miguel is seeing or doing.

The thing I don’t like about this movie is that with younger siblings, this turns into a movie you have to constantly watch with them and then the movie gets a little old after a while. The movie also takes a dark turn during the ending of the film which, if you haven’t seen the movie, will surprise you and make you think, did Disney really put that in there?

I rate this movie a 9.5/10 because I love the way the movie looks and stays within Miguel’s perspective, but I really hate the twist in the middle.