Coco is the most recent film to be uploaded to Now TV at the time of this review, a film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures in 2017. The voice cast includes Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach, Renee Victor, Ana Ofelia Murguia and Edward James Olmos.
Plot (spoilers alert)
Based on a young 12 year old boy called Miguel and based in Mexico, he lives with his large family, all working as shoe makers. The film begins with Miguel showing his love and passion towards music, something that his family are very against and do not allow in their home, believing that it’s a curse. As the film begins, it’s unclear why this is.
Miguel has a secret room, where there looks to be a shrine for his favourite musician called Ernesto De La Cruz, full of photos, candles, a guitar for Miguel to play his music and even a television to watch his favourite musician’s music being played.
Miguel finds out about a music competition that he wants to join whilst shining someone’s shoes, however upon arriving home after making the decision to join, he is told that he will be joining the shoe business from the factory at home (which will mean losing his freedom to play music in secret)
It’s shortly after this point that Miguel accidentally smashes an old picture of his great grandmother (Mama Coco) as a child, as the photo is removed from the frame, there is a picture of a man (torn) to which Miguel believes is Ernesto De La Cruz, and therefore must be his great, great, great grandfather. He sees this as a sign, announces that he wants to become a musician and has his guitar smashed by his great grandmother (Coco) as a result. He then runs off to the competition in anger, but is refused to perform until he finds a guitar.
He goes to the shrine of his favourite musician and steals the guitar, putting a curse on him, and now walking among the living dead. Luckily, he very quickly reunites with his ancestors.
His Aunt Imelda (Mama Coco’s Mother) is unable to cross over to the other side, as Miguel has kept the picture on him and is no longer up on the shrine. Miguel needs his aunt’s family blessing to be able to cross over to the land of the living, but she puts a condition in place that he is never to play music again. Miguel refuses to accept the blessing, and ventures into the land of the dead in search of Ernesto, his favourite musician believed to be his great, great grandfather, to receive his blessing instead. With the help of Hector (who he meets in the land of the dead) they will both embark on an adventure to find Ernesto. In return, Miguel must display Hector’s photo before he disappears from the land of the living dead, since it runs on memories.
Towards the end of the film, Miguel finally meets Ernesto but it quickly becomes apparent that he actually murdered Hector when alive. Despite Ernesto believing that Miguel is his great, great grandson, knowing that Miguel knows the truth and worrying about his reputation, Ernesto has them locked away. In short, Ernesto turns out to be the bad buy in this sudden turn of events.
With Hector and Miguel locked away together with no hope of escape, they figure out that it is in fact Hector who was in the picture with his Mama Coco, and that he is Mama Coco’s father. Miguel’s great, great grandfather. This is not how this magical film ends, and I have chosen not to write about it, as you will need t experience it for yourself! (It’s that good)
After watching Coco, I think that it is one of Pixar’s greatest films to date! The animation is truly amazing with catchy songs that you and the family can all dance along to. I have a feeling that it won’t just be the kids that continue to watch this film, I myself have watched it 3 times already, and I’m in my late twenties! We learn a lot about the traditions in Mexico, and what the Day of the dead is about. An inspirational and heart warming film, one not to be missed! I rate this film 5 out of 5 stars!