Movie Review – “Coco” – 2017

By Mica Wilhite

coco“Coco” is latest Disney/Pixar 3D animated film created and directed by Lee Unkrich, the longtime creative member of Pixar and Academy Award winner for “Toy Story 3.”  The much loved and hugely successful “Monsters, Inc.” and “Finding Nemo” are among his previous animated filmmaking achievements.

Rotten Tomatoes rates the film 97% fresh on the Tomatometer with the critical consensus being that, “’Coco’s’ rich visual pleasures are matched by a thoughtful narrative that takes a family-friendly—and deeply affecting—approach to questions of culture, family, life, and death.”  Audiences agree with a 96% likeability.

The main character of the story is Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) who “dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.”

Some are saying that this is Pixar’s best film ever.  Not a small compliment when consider the pantheon of Pixar movie making trophies that include the “Toy Story” franchise and “Finding Nemo/Finding Dory” series.  “Coco” is another illustration of how Pixar creators masterfully blend colorful and mesmerizing cinematic eye candy with heart-warming characters whose stories draw the audience in and don’t leave them when the theater lights come up.

“Coco” (109 minutes) is showing at the Marshall Cinema with an PG rating for some thematic elements. Call (903) 935-5662 or visit www.Jimplecute1848.com for a full list of show times.  Then, plan to see this stunning film this holiday season.

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