Now, of course there will be multiple movies on similar subjects, but I still can’t help but compare this movie to The Book of Life, another animated film about the Day of the Dead. The Book of Life was great, and I think it made Coco less wondrous for it. Oh well. Coco is still really good.
This movie is about family, following dreams and all that. I would say the story isn’t all that surprising. But it’s told in a great backdrop of the Day of the Dead. Things are colorful, imaginative and fantastic all around. The regular world is alright. It’s normal.
The story is about Miguel, a young boy that wants to become a musician. Unfortunately, his family hates music because their great, great grandfather ran away to become a musician and never returned, forcing the great, great grandmother to handle the family all on her own. Oh, Coco? Coco is the name of his great grandmother. There is a good reason why her name is in the title, though.
Since he goes to the land of the dead, of course we’ll be seeing Miguel’s ancestors. He gets drawn into the land of the dead, a wonderfully realized place that is full of life and fun. The characters there are fantastic. I had fun watching everyone Miguel meets, especially his great, great grandmother and great, great grandfather.
The plot is pretty normal, though. Nothing really surprising going on there, which I think is unfortunate. I’ll go a bit more into it in the spoiler area. But Coco is a fine movie with a more normal plot. It is brought to life by some great characters and a great world.
Now for spoilers! Do not read beyond here.
So, the guy that you think is Miguel’s great great grandfather turns to to be a murderer! I wanted him to really be Miguel’s great great grandfather. But no, the movie takes the normal way out by having the lovable rascal that’s been helping Miguel through the land of the dead be his real great, great grandfather all along. I wanted to see what would have happened if his great, great grandfather had been a despicable guy.
But it is a movie that’s well worth seeing. It has music, heart and fun abound.