Review “Coco” is the sprightly story of a young boy
“Coco” is the sprightly story of a young boy who wants to be a musician and somehow finds himself communing with talking skeletons in the land of the dead. Directed by Lee Unkrich (“Toy Story 3”) and veteran Pixar animator Adrian Molina, \
and drawing heavily on Mexican folklore and traditional designs, it has catchy music, a complex but comprehensible plot, and bits of domestic comedy and media satire.
Most of the time the movie is a knockabout slapstick comedy with a “Back to the Future”
feeling, staging grand action sequences and feeding audiences new plot information every few minutes, but of course, being a Pixar film,
“Coco” is also building toward emotionally overwhelming moments, so stealthily that you may be surprised to find yourself wiping away a tear even though the studio has been using the sneak-attack playbook for decades.
The film’s hero, twelve-year old Miguel Riviera (voice by Anthony Gonzalez), lives in the small town of Santa Cecilia.
He’s a goodhearted child who loves to play guitar and idolizes the greatest popular singer-songwriter of the 1920s and ’30s,
Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt),