RALPH Says Disney’s Pixar Strikes Again With The Magical COCO.

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FILM REVIEW: COCO

BY RALPH LINARDIC

“Coco” is the newest film from Disney’s Pixar, and it’s a one of a kind story. To start, it’s the first Pixar movie to revolve around hispanic characters, which is huge for the industry. I believe this, as do many, but making the lead’s hispanic is good for business as well as equality. Nevertheless, “Coco” is another original concept from Pixar, and I’m thrilled to talk about it.

I generally start with my positives, but I feel here that it’s necessary to get my one negative out of the way. As much as I adored “Coco”, the music was underwhelming. The songs were by no means bad, but they weren’t memorable. After most Disney movies, I like to listen to the songs on the drive home (Moana, Beauty and the Beast, Frozen), but in this case, the songs were forgettable.

What stood out to me, and what makes this movie great, is the story. Written by Adrian Molina, “Coco” takes place during Día de Muertos (Day of the dead) and follows Miguel’s journey to get his family’s blessing regarding his love of music. Miguel gets transported to the Land of the Dead by touching his idol Ernesto de la Cruz’s guitar, and then has to find a way to get back home.

Yes, the music was forgettable. However, that doesn’t mean that this isn’t another Pixar victory. “Coco” succeeds due to it’s magical story. I was entertained thoroughly the entire runtime, and blown away by the originality that Director Lee Unkrich brought. Pixar has been relying on sequels as of late (Finding Dory, Incredibles 2), but this movie steers the company in the right direction.

Pixar’s animation is almost never forgettable (Except you, Monsters University), and the trend continues here. “Coco” has magical, breathtaking visuals. Specifically, all of the scenes in the Land of the Dead. Some words to describe the visuals are “Colorful, beautiful, and magical”.

While the music was underwhelming, “Coco” succeeds on its strong, magical story surrounding Día de Muertos. This is by far the best animated movie of the year, and I expect it to win best animated film at the Oscar’s.

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