Top 100 Films Of The 2010’s – #97 – Coco (2017)


RELEASED: 19th January 2018

DIRECTOR: Lee Unkrich

CAST: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach, Renée Victor, Ana Ofelia Murguía, Edward James Olmos, Alfonso Arau, Selene Luna, Dyana Ortellí, Herbert Sigüenza, Jaime Camil, Sofía Espinosa and Luis Valdez

BUDGET: $175m

BOX OFFICE WORLDWIDE: $807m

AWARDS: 2 Academy Awards (Best Animated Film And Best Original Song), 1 Golden Globe (Best Animated Film) and 1 BAFTA (Best Animated Film)

Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer.

 

Set in Santa Cecilia, Mexico, young Miguel dreams of becoming a musician, the problem is however that music is strictly forbidden in his family, due to his great-great-grandmother being married to a man who left her and their daughter Coco to pursue a career in music and never returned. Desperate to break the family’s music-ban and prove his talent, Miguel finds himself stuck in the Land of the Dead and must seek the help of a charming trickster skeleton named Hector to not only get back to the land of the living, but unlock the real truth behind his family history.

 

Pixar unleashed a number of sequels this decade, actually they released more sequels than originals, so when it was released Coco felt like a breath of fresh air amongst their releases. Though it may have a somewhat similar feel to 20th Century Fox Animation’s The Book of Life, Coco is bursting with fluorescent colours and that’s before we enter the landscape of the Land of the Dead. The film opens with heavy exposition to give your glimpse into Miguel’s family life and have an emotion connection as we follow him on his journey to gain acceptance from his family for him to pursue his dream of being a musician, or be torn from his family in order to do something that you love. The film tackles the meaning of legacy and whether personal ambitions can coexist with still being committed to your family. There’s a lot of heart and ambition that’s gone into the project, from the animation to the writing in particular, and that’s wonderfully captured in the vocal performances from the cast, from the young Anthony Gonzalez voicing Miguel, to Gael García Bernal’s performance as the trickster Hector. While the film has a few emotional moments, there’s a lot of fun energy too and that’s complimented by Michael Gracchino’s score.

 

FAVOURITE SCENE: It’s obviously going to be Miguel singing ‘Remember Me’ to Coco.

FAVOURITE QUOTE: “A minute ago I thought I was related to a murderer! You’re a total upgrade!” – Miguel

DID YOU KNOW: The film contains certain themes and content which would ordinarily be banned in China. Reportedly, the Chinese censor board members were so touched by the film that they made an exception and allowed it.

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