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|Genre:||Animation, Adventure, Children's film, Comedy|
|Direction:||Lee Unkrich & Adrian Molina|
|Production country:||USA 2017|
|Running time:||Approx. 105 min|
12-year-old Miguel has a dream: he wants to become a musician. The boy loves music with all his soul. But in his family, any form of music-making is absolutely frowned upon, ever since Miguel's great-great-grandfather, a gifted guitar player by trade, left his wife and daughter to find success with his songs. On the traditional Dia de los Muertos, of all days, Miguel has the opportunity to participate in a big competition in the marketplace of his hometown. But after his bossy grandmother destroys his guitar, Miguel's dream seems to be over for good. But then the boy finds out that his greatest idol, the great Ernesto de la Cruz, of all people, was his great-great-grandfather. He sneaks into the musician's mausoleum to borrow his guitar for the competition - and ends up in the land of the dead. He could be back with his family real quick if Miguel would just give up music forever. But instead, the boy decides to search for Ernesto de la Cruz in the land of the dead, so that he can be sent home through him and bring the music back to his family. But this endeavor turns out to be more difficult than anticipated.
The traditional Disney/Pixar Christmas movie comes to our theaters in the form of Coco. The story may sound a little scary at first. But all parents can rest easy: The realm of the dead is colorfully and very positively depicted, and the skeletons who live there seem likeable throughout. There are hardly any really dark, frightening moments - but plenty of humour, imaginative scenes and moving moments. Just as you would expect from Disney. The play with Mexican folklore gives the film a very special look, especially when Miguel steps over the bridge of flowers and enters the land of the dead. Here, after extensive research in Mexico, the team of Lee Unkrich (Finding Nemo) and Adrian Molina have created an absolutely fascinating blend of fantasy and Mexican culture and tradition.
With great attention to detail, a world has been created that is hard to get enough of as a viewer. Nevertheless, the story is not overwhelmed by the many visual incursions and can thus develop its emotional impact very well. Even though the ending is predictable for miles and hardly offers a surprise, the finale gives you goosebumps and wet eyes. The story is primarily about family and about memory. But it's also a tribute to music and following your dreams. Sounds like typical Disney themes to me. And while that's true and there's nothing really new on offer dramaturgically, Coco's balanced mix of adventure, humour and emotion makes it quite an enchanting film that the whole family can enjoy.
At least until Christmas, there's a little sequel to The Ice Princess to watch before the main film. Around twenty minutes long, the short film Olaf thaws, which not only features a reunion with the popular characters from the hit film, but also some new songs. Since the short film was not shown to the press, no rating can be given at this point. For Coco, however, a very clear conclusion can be drawn: Absolutely worth seeing!
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