Coco - 4 Stars
Visually outstanding, emotional and exceptional clever. Everything you expect from a Pixar film and more!
Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family's ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to work out the mystery.
It’s a visual masterpiece that thousands of artists worked on to create and its a testament to their incredible work. The world of Pixar’s Coco is one like never before, deeply layered and intricate with many easter eggs for eagle eyed fans of Pixar films (look out especially for the Pizza truck from Toy Story in the first five minutes). The story itself is very dark and not something that’ll necessarily appeal to children, but it is incredible. There’s a very unique and unpredictable twist toward the end, which I don’t think any other company could’ve pulled off. The voice cast, led by Anthony Gonzalez, Benjamin Bratt and Gael García Bernal are fantastic and they bring joyous life to their characters. The original songs and score are strong and its nice to hear most of the songs in Mexican.
Overall a visual masterpiece, with a strong cast and great story - another Pixar hit!
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures