Guys, on the big birthday of the U.S. of A, the day to celebrate all things ‘murican (like shopping, which I did earlier that day), I decided to finally watch… the Disney/Pixar movie on Mexican culture, Coco, which focuses on El Día de los Muertos. Hey, hey, the U.S.A is a melting pot of different cultures, so I believe this is still relevant and appropriate.
The movie centers on a Mexican family that refuses to have anything to do with music, but a young boy in the family named Miguel finds himself passionate about it and wanting to pursue this passion. This leads to his ending up in a very strange predicament on El Día de los Muertos–he somehow ends up in the world of the dead and has to get back home before the day is over.
So on the 4th of July, I finally opened up Netflix to watch Coco and to see if the hype was worth it, and to be honest with you guys, it was not worth it… for the first hour or so anyway. Considering its run time is an hour and forty-five minutes, that might not sound like great news. After an hour or so into the movie, I was honestly debating giving it a seven or a six, a seven because the animation was beautiful and a six because nothing was really happening and I was a bit bored. However, let me tell you guys, in the last forty minutes or so, I was riveted and I was positively bawling. My debate became giving it a seven or an eight.
I debated seven because the build-up took so long, I don’t think I’ll be re-watching it like crazy, there were a few plot holes, and the story development was not the best. For the plot holes, I have a few questions… I do not think certain things were thought out or they were just brushed over. I can hear the writers whispering, “Sh, sh, they’ll never notice,” well, guys, I noticed. And honestly, I doubt only I did (CinemaSins had a lot of the same problems with it as I did).
Firstly, you need a picture of the deceased for them to be remembered appropriately according to… the rules of El Día de los Muertos. So did this really just start… once the camera was invented or something? Can they explain the rules a bit more to me because convenient plot rules are convenient. Also, what is with Dante? I was very confused by him near the end. On that note, I couldn’t decide if I was more frustrated with the family and their weird hatred for music and completely nonchalant acceptance of their familial hatred for music or Miguel for being kind of a jerk sometimes (I can understand his frustrations, but some of his behavior is too much too soon).
As for the story development, I was only heavily invested in it for the last thirty minutes or so. I noticed this is not uncommon with Disney/Pixar movies. They tend to have a promising beginning and an amazing ending with nothing of actual substance happening in the middle. Guys, I loved Moana, but I will skip past the whole part with the weird shell creature in the sea and the coconuts. Even Up is a favorite of mine, but sometimes I don’t want to watch it again because of the tedious middle acts.
Apart from those flaws, I ultimately decided on an eight because it was still such a beautiful story that was quite well thought out. The reveals honestly shocked me (one was surprisingly dark, guys, to the point I was like, “Wait, I’m watching Disney/Pixar, right?”), the animation was really quite superb, and I was bawling. In a very good way. I cried when the imaginary friend in Inside Out “died,” but overall, that movie was completely forgettable to me. Not the case with Coco.
I just let go and was crying. I tried to explain to my mother, because she didn’t watch it with me, but I couldn’t do justice to the beauty of Coco‘s ending, so she probably just nodded along thinking she has a weird daughter. You really have to see it for yourself.
Despite my qualms about the progress of the movie, the overall story was well thought out with the reveals timed admirably. Everything was set up from the beginning, although I’m still bothered by how convenient everything is and how the rules seem obviously fabricated.
Lastly, to be honest, for a movie all about music and family, the music was fairly forgettable. I liked how the culture of Mexico is shown through their love for and style of music, but no actual song stuck out to me. Ironically, the only one I can sort of remember is “Remember Me.” The movie was more memorable for its take on family–I think that’s where it really shone. It outshone the theme of music in this movie.
I also have to be grateful for this movie for saving me from writing the review of The Kissing Booth for at least another week. I told you in my last review, I will be writing that one soon. I was only going to do it because I had nothing else to write about… until I watched Coco, so thank you for that (you can probably already guess my sentiments on The Kissing Booth). Also, random fact, my dog’s name is Coco.
I highly recommend this movie! Give it a chance because if the beginning is a bit slow (and… it… is…), the ending will truly touch your heart. If you already watched the movie, I would love to know your thoughts down below! Just write “SPOILER” so as not to ruin it for others.