Pixar pulls off another paradox in delivering a hilarious tear-jerker.
Took 6-yr old Emily to this and she loved it, as did I. It's visually stunning and the music is great. Really tough subject matter to tackle and they did so in a beautiful way for kids to interpret and understand.
There was this massive short film on Frozen beforehand that seemed to go on forever and felt a little rushed and easy when it came to forcing songs. This led me to better appreciate the use of music in Coco. Where every song is a surprise and you feel the adrenaline and excitement of the hero singing it.
Pixar's smart story-telling was once again in the forefront. Where they found new genius ways to provide back-story and context without awkwardly taking you out of the movie. I love this studio.
Much like how this year's The Big Sick educated me on Pakistani culture, this film does a great job introducing Mexican folklore to children. I'm embarrassed I didn't really know what the Day of the Dead was about before this. I thought it was a Romero film that I keep meaning to see and be disappointed by.
I feel like some of Pixar's artists have been dying to animate pinatas for years and really went to town when given this opportunity.
Spirited Away is one of my favourite animated films of all time and I know that John Lassater is a fan as well, I wonder if he influenced the telling of the spirit world at all in this.
Anyway, i think it's hilarious that the main knock against this movie seems to be that there are greater Pixar movies that exist. Of course there are, but that doesn't mean Pixar should be a victim of its own success. This is a fun awesome movie.
Heart rating: 5 stars (absolutely)
Brain rating: 4 stars