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Movie Review: Coco (2017)

Coco's magic will melt your heart.
If you have a heart, you need to see Disney/Pixar's Coco. That is the conclusion of my review. I’m giving it to you upfront so you don’t have to waste a single second more before you run out to see this amazing movie in the theater.

(If you want to know more, my spoiler-free review is below.)

Coco is about a boy named Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez), who belongs to a family of shoemakers. His biggest dream is to become a musician, like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt). Unfortunately for Miguel, due to a traumatic incident in the past, Miguel’s multigenerational family does everything in their power to keep music completely out of their lives, and his. Not only is no one allowed to play music, they refuse to even listen to it. One day, on the holiday called Dia de Muertos (when people celebrate loved ones who are no longer among the living), Miguel decides to follow his dream. Thus begins his fantastic adventure.

In his first few minutes on the screen, Miguel grabbed my heart. He isn’t just an animated character, he feels like real kid. And I was rooting for that spunky little kid one-hundred percent. Then I heard him sing, and my jaw dropped and my heart melted. His charisma and his musical talent stole the show so many times over that I lost count.

Miguel isn’t the only scene stealer. The animation is incredible. This just might be the most stunningly-beautiful movie I’ve ever seen. If you’ve watched the trailers for Coco, then you’ve had a tiny glimpse of what I’m talking about.

As you’ve probably come to expect from Pixar (and Disney), the movie doesn’t skimp when it comes to the story. If you have a heart, it WILL move you. If you have ever cried in a movie theater, be sure to bring a tissue. Better yet, bring a whole package.

If you like animated movies even a little, Coco is a must see. Kids over four or five years old will enjoy Coco, but adults will enjoy it just as much, maybe more. The movie is about the love of family (past and present), something that, fortunately, you usually have to be a bit older to really appreciate. Kids who watch Coco today and then go back and watch it with their own kids someday, will see it with new eyes … and, probably, wetter ones.

Jen's grade:
Absolutely go see it!

Coco opens in theaters November 22, 2017.

Coco is rated PG.

Jen (California, USA)*

* Jen attended a complimentary screening of Coco as a guest.


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