Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. 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, and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.
The Rivera family has built a rich tradition of shoe-making but has, for several generations, banned music in the decades following a time when the family matriarch’s father abandoned the family to pursue his dream of singing to the world. The matriarch, Coco, now an elderly wheelchair bound woman, is Miguel’s (voiced by Anthony Gonzalez) great-grandmother.
Miguel secretly harbors a desire to play music. He’s become quite the guitarist, but his family absolutely forbids him from practicing or even making mention of the word “music” in the home. His idol, Ernesto de la Cruz, an admired musician and movie star from way back when but who tragically died on-stage following a freak accident, guides Miguel’s dreams of musical stardom.
Just as Miguel has worked up the courage to be himself with his music, his family decides it’s time to put him to work in the shoe shop. But when a family secret is revealed, he doubles down on his dreams, and his family doubles down on dashing them.
The defiant Miguel desperately attempts to prove his musical worth by performing at the Day of the Dead festival with de la Cruz’s own guitar, which is locked away in a museum. Before he can perform, Miguel suddenly finds himself caught up somewhere between life and death, unable to be seen in the land of the living but reconnecting with his deceased family in the land of the dead, a world through which he must undertake a remarkable journey to find a distant relative, chase his dreams, and put a misunderstood chapter of his family’s history to peace.
Pixar is a studio known for innovative films and daring animated ventures with heartfelt and wholesome messages, and Coco may be at the top of the list in terms of story creativity, narrative construction, visual dazzle, and heart. The film, which is constructed around the “Day of the Dead” Mexican holiday, may appear to be about a person who doesn’t follow the rules but rather follows his heart, as his hero, Ernesto de la Cruz, says in an old video clip that Miguel has memorized.
While the viability of chasing dreams, finding purpose, and following one’s own path might make for a noble story, it would make for a fairly trite story. Those are themes that Pixar has explored in the past, and the studio slyly makes Coco much the same, but only on its surface.
The story takes shape and heart with a significant plot twist as well as an abundance of humanity and humility, even in the land of the dead, where the story’s theme relays the message that it’s the spirit and soul, not the physical body that makes an individual, and a family. The film dabbles in some clever plotting and basic animation antics and hi-jinx, with some catchy songs and cheerful moments and comic relief characters blended in, but the film ultimately evolves into an incredibly vibrant portrait of familial love with the bond between a father and a daughter at its very core, not evolving away from its central character Miguel but evolving towards its soul.
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