Coco Movie Review: Pixar takes you to the journey of joyful deads
29 Noviembre 2017, 02:36 | Gervasio Siguenza
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For a studio that is built on innovation in storytelling, Pixar's latest offerings have been starting to show strains of predictability in the way it wraps its humanizing stories with outrageous conceits that simply wouldn't work if unaccompanied by inventive visuals. It's out-pacing its blockbuster competition, Justice League, which should bring in $61 million before Monday rolls around. With "Coco", audiences of all ages are exposed to powerful and complex themes of love, loss and the idiosyncrasies of family dynamics in a movie highlighting the Mexican holiday of Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.
Miguel, voiced by Anthony Gonzalez, in a scene from the animated film Coco.
"Coco" tells the story of 12-year-old boy, Miguel, who dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz, despite his family's baffling generations-old ban on music. In the former, a rabbit cop has to prove herself against the odds, while in the latter young women have to overcome patriarchal prejudice. I let it all go as I was enveloped by a pleasantly bland haze, one that had been carefully fine-tuned and focus-grouped and optimized to sell the most possible merchandise.
The film is directed by Lee Unkrich, who co-directed "Toy Story 2" (1999), "Monsters, Inc".
Just before Coco hit theaters, not only was there excitement for the movie itself, which celebrates the Day of the Dead and Mexican culture - but also for the short film ahead of it, Olaf's Frozen Adventure. Comparatively, Man of Steel had about the same second weekend gross at $41.3M, yet because it debuted with $116.6M, that was a 64.6% drop, worsened by the fact that it fell to third place on the chart.
The pivotal feature-length animation scored top spot on Ranker, a website where people of the internet can cast votes with no time limit, changing the results of lists in real time. It is simply a beautiful film to look at.
While Coco has had one of the longest production schedules of any Pixar film to date, I cant help but notice how timely the release of the film is. The first Filipino movie he saw in the theaters was Carlo J. Caparas' 'Tirad Pass.' Since then, he's been on a mission to find better memories with Philippine cinema.
"I got to see it at the Mexican premiere in Spanish", he notes, and "to hear them laugh and cry at the right places, and gasp when we want them to gasp - it was amazing".
All attendees will also qualify for a special lucky draw on the event day with prizes including a holiday trip and ZTE smartphone. It's not a short-it's a long!
For good reason: Olaf'sFrozen Adventure is 21-minutes long, and it comes nowhere near the heart-tugging prowess of Pixar shorts from movies past. Is what it feels like to finally see yourself on the big screen?
"They were insane ideas at the time", Lasseter told Entertainment Weekly during a 2011 interview. Its non-holiday three-day total of $40.7M is just 56.6% down from its debut figure last weekend of $93.8M.
And like every great Disney/Pixar movie, that's the moment when things really start moving. Ironically the film is lacking in its music; it keeps pushing a song called "Remember Me" that isn't nearly as catchy as the movie thinks it is.
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