Coco: there is a difference between an idea, a good idea, and the proper execution of either one of those. And then there is what co-directors Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina accomplish here: the idea for the story is not wholly original, but they nevertheless mix many different themes and messages, all the while being very respectful as it pays homage to Mexican culture. It’s easy to get invested in the characters and their quandaries, allowing the film to get very emotional as it smoothly moves from one beat to another. The gallery of characters is very well-defended by the cast: Anthony Gonzalez makes a lovely hero, and Gael García Bernal is a fine, engaging rascal; there are no lows in the voice performances, truly. It’s a wonderful animation, colorful, with a well-designed world (or rather two worlds, each distinctive and rich in their own rights); character design is also attractive, and each character very particular and recognizable. Music is, needless to say, a very important element of the film (and story): both Michael Giacchino’s score and the many original songs are great. “Remember Me” can’t be any more touching.
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