The Day of the Dead gives Pixar the chance to embrace a new color palette and to explore death with an optimism to belatedly make up for Disney killing Bambi's mom. This decade, you can feel how Pixar's sandbox has shrunk—I have little use for most of the familiar plot beats and setpieces. But the mature ending does justice to Pixar's mission: to generate with a computer some of the most human moments of the year.
Coco's fantastic music and visuals are brought down by a simplistic and unclear narrative, void of any real conflict until half the movie has gone by. Unlike Pixar's best—filled with underlying themes and nuance, keeping the interest of both children and adults—it's straightforward and superficial, compensating this with an ending that heavily indulges on cheap emotionalism.
I admit I cried (still crying tbh...) The film is gorgeous. Both visually and emotionally. The crew definitely did their research. However, there's moments in the film that fall flat and, as a mexican, leave a sour taste in my mouth. For me, as a COC (creator of color), these moments show that it's best when white filmmakers let COCs tell their own stories.
Leave it to Pixar to turn Alzheimer, murder, graveyards and skeletons into a colourful, sweet and heartwarming story that seems very aware and respectful of the Mexican culture and traditions. Family, Life and Death are at the core of this joyful lesson for kids and grown-ups alike. Bien hecho, muchachos! (Parabéns também à bela dobragem portuguesa.)
A film that not only feels genuinely compelled and immersed in Mexican customs, but one that respects the emotional complexities of Día de Muertos enough not to Americanize it. "Coco" is a lovely, textured animated film, sure to appeal to those who love Pixar's classics, yet in a different way. Though it sometimes gets too emotionally intoxicating, the third-act is handled so tremendously you likely won't care.
Esta eficaz cinta animada retoma una de las tradiciones más socorridas en lo que se refiere a cómo es visto México por el cine extranjero. No faltan los pendejos que denostan al film por su visión poco apegada a la "realidad" del país, y aunque es posible encontrar buena cantidad de estereotipos, esto se compensa por el indudable trabajo de investigación de campo y el respeto con que esta manejado todo el asunto.