2010 - 2017

Coco [2017] ★★★½

 I feel bad for missing out on “Coco” on the week of its release, but now that I’ve seen it I can finally weigh in on this extraordinary film from Disney/Pixar. The concept itself is unprecedented, which makes “Coco” even more original than any animated film I’ve seen this year. Without spoiling the movie’s many mysteries, I can tell you that Miguel is an aspiring young musician living with a family that forbids music. Why? That’s because Miguel’s great-great-grand father abandoned his wife and daughter in order to become a singer. That’s the plot, in a nutshell. But nothing could have prepared for what happens next, a breathtaking carpet ride into the realm of pure imagination. You can feel a lifetime of creativity being injected into every frame, thanks to a group of wizards at Disney/Pixar. And like many of their films, “Coco” depicts a world full of life, but also full of pain. Too much for kids? Perhaps. But from the opening sequence, the movie is wonderfully entertaining and deeply touching. It may be some time before we find another piece of entertainment that offers an experience this rich and rewarding, so whatever you do, do not miss it. The Oscar for best animated feature belongs right here.

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