I have always been a fan of Disney movies. No matter how grown up you are, there is something about the animation and something about the story that makes you feel connected, so much so that you are emotionally attached to the film. With no new midweek releases, I decided to review a movie which I had watched almost 4 years back. An animated movie that is extremely close to my heart. A movie that I had watched after I had lost my grandmother. The movie was Coco which had made me weep like a little baby in a packed theatre. This review is dedicated to my grandmother, I still love you and miss you and remember you each day. Here are my two cents on the film.
Story & Screenplay
Coco follows the story of a young boy, an aspiring musician who in a strange turn of events visits the Land Of The Dead to find answers to his family’s ancestral ban on music. The story is heartfelt and it did make me weep more than once during its duration. The screenplay is extremely well written. Firstly as the movie is set in Mexico, it gives the audience a glimpse into their culture. Now, I am a fan of cultures and it gave me an impression of how similar humanity thinks despite having varied and diverse cultures. Here, the ‘Remembering the Dead Day’ was something that we do too back home. Secondly, the characterisation was one of the strong points of the film! The family shown resembled my family(or so I thought) especially the character of the grandmother. And knowing it is a Disney movie, the emotions just come naturally to you while watching the main protagonist in pursue of the truth. And at the cost of repeating myself, is it even a Disney Movie if it doesn’t make you cry! I am pretty sure this story would have impacted people and their families across the globe. The essence of the story was the human emotions which would be relatable to many many people. And you will need to keep those tissues handy in the climax where you will weep or wail like a baby. That is when the circle is complete and the emotions touch your heart so much so that it is difficult to hold your tears back. But like all Disney Films, this is a happy film and it is more of the celebration of the dead thereby remembering them in the pink of their health knowing fully well that they are watching you with a wide smile! What an incredibly good screenplay!
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are extremely well written. The incorporation of the Mexican Language just adds so much flavour to the drama. The music plays an important part and it blends really well with the drama. ‘Remember Me’ gets me teary eyed every single time with some heartfelt lyrics. The animation is outstanding as usual. Directors Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina have kept the emotions intact which are synonymous with the Disney movies. The direction is top notch.
All the voiceovers are brilliant and add a lot of soul to the drama. Jaime Camil as Papa, Renee Victor as Abuelita, Alana Ubach as Mama and Benjamin Bratt as Ernesto De La Cruz are fabulous with each one of them leaving behind a mark. Gael Garcia Bernal as Hector is brilliant and spot on with his emotions. Anthony Gonzalez as Miguel really has that innocence to him which makes his character extremely affable. The combined cast create magic together.
Coco is perhaps the best animation movie that I have ever watched. A review dedicated to my grandmother whom I love and miss a lot, hopefully she is in a happy place. Coco available on Hotstar and Highly Highly Highly Recommended with a box of tissues ofcourse!