Remember This Review of “Coco” (2017)

Bright-colored buildings as townhouses in Mexico

A young Mexican boy, named Miguel, narrates the history of his family, who absolutely hates music to the point where it’s banned. They even yell at people who play music near them.

Miguel, however, loves music, defying his family’s rules against it. They practice shoe-polishing. One time, Miguel pretends to follow along, but really wants to play music. He gets a guitar – only for his grandmother to destroy it.

Regardless of the family’s no-music guideline, Miguel finds a picture of his great-grandmother, Coco, as a small girl, with her mother, and her father… except that his face is missing. Miguel yearns to find out who this man is, since Coco cannot recall her father.

Miguel goes somewhere and plays the guitar, once owned by the famous Ernesto de la Cruz. That takes him to the afterlife for the remembered. Miguel meets his deceased family members, who also loathe music. Yet, he flees from them and meets a man named Hector, who offers to take him to Ernesto’s mansion. Will Miguel find out who Coco’s father was? Could it be Ernesto?

Despite having a similar plot and premise to another animated film called “The Book of Life” (2014), which caused me to resist seeing the movie at first, it turned out to be a lot better. The characters, their relations to one another, and the plot twists, were strong and amazing. I especially felt sorry for Miguel when his grandma destroyed the guitar he’d received, which I think is beyond cruel.

Yet, the film had more moments that I admire. One is the second death in the afterlife, where someone in the land of the remembered is forgotten, and dies, thus going to the land of the forgotten. Another includes teaching the audience about Mexican culture and customs.

But the best part about this movie is the music and the songs, such as “Remember Me,” a popular hit amongst the general public. A lot of Disney Pixar movies don’t include musical numbers, so this is a unique element.

Overall, I enjoyed “Coco” very much, and would rate it 5 out of 5 stars.

Published by Sunayna Prasad

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7 thoughts on “Remember This Review of “Coco” (2017)

  1. Hello Sunayna & readers,

    Sunyana your post states, “A lot of Disney Pixar movies don’t include musical numbers.” So, I decided to look up the musical numbers that are incuded. Here is the list I found, provided by; https://www.allmusic.com/album/disney-pixar-greatest-hits-mw0000817584
    Toy Story, film score
    1
    You’ve Got a Friend in Me
    Randy Newman
    Randy Newman 02:04 Amazon
    A Bug’s Life, film score
    2
    The Time of Your Life, song
    Randy Newman
    Randy Newman 03:14 Amazon
    Toy Story 2, film score
    3
    When She Loved Me
    Randy Newman
    Sarah McLachlan 03:05 Amazon
    Monsters, Inc., film score
    4
    If I Have You
    Randy Newman
    Billy Crystal / John Goodman 03:39 Amazon
    Cars, film score
    5
    Real Gone
    Sheryl Crow / John Shanks
    Sheryl Crow 03:22 Amazon
    6
    Life Is a Highway
    Tom Cochrane
    Rascal Flatts 04:36 Amazon
    7
    Our Town
    Randy Newman
    James Taylor 04:07 Amazon
    Ratatouille, film score
    8
    Festin
    Michael Giacchino / Michael Giocchino
    Camille 02:51 Amazon
    WALL-E, film score
    9
    Down to Earth
    Peter Gabriel / Thomas Newman
    Peter Gabriel 05:59 Amazon
    Toy Story, film score
    10
    Infinity And Beyond
    Randy Newman
    03:09 Amazon
    A Bug’s Life, film score
    11
    Suite
    Randy Newman
    05:12 Amazon
    12
    The Flik Machine
    Randy Newman
    02:54 Amazon
    Toy Story 2, film score
    13
    The Cleaner
    Randy Newman
    01:50 Amazon
    Monsters, Inc., film score
    14
    Monsters, Inc.
    Randy Newman
    02:09 Amazon
    15
    The Scare Floor
    Randy Newman
    02:41 Amazon
    Finding Nemo, film score
    16
    Nemo Egg
    Thomas Newman
    01:16 Amazon
    17
    First Day
    Thomas Newman
    01:15 Amazon
    18
    Field Trip
    Thomas Newman
    00:58 Amazon
    The Incredibles, film score
    19
    The Incredits
    Michael Giacchino / Michael Giocchino
    07:23 Amazon
    Cars, film score
    20
    McQueen And Sally
    Randy Newman
    02:01 Amazon
    Ratatouille, film score
    21
    Wall Rat
    Michael Giacchino / Michael Giocchino
    01:50 Amazon
    22
    Colette Shows Him Le Ropes
    Michael Giacchino / Michael Giocchino
    02:57 Amazon
    WALL-E, film score
    23
    Define Dancing
    Peter Gabriel / Thomas Newman
    02:23 Amazon
    24
    First Date
    Peter Gabriel / Thomas Newman
    01:21 Amazon
    Up, film score
    25
    Carl Goes Up
    Michael Giacchino / Michael Giocchino
    03:34 Amazon

    It appears that thanks for music in Disney Pixar movies is owed to Michael Giocchino, Thomas Newman, Randy Newman, Sarah McLachlan, Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Sheryl Crow, John Shanks, Tom Cochrane, and Peter Gabriel.

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      1. No problem Sunayna, I learned in my online classes to look things up and do research on anything I want or need to know.

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