Oh Pixar. You just gotta keep tuggin’ at those heart strings, dontcha! First with Moana giving that weird giant volcano creature her heart back, and now with Coco. There’s literally nothing more sob-inducing than a little boy crying and singing to his crazy old great grandma who’s also crying and singing. That whimpering singing sound is for sure the saddest/hardest thing to listen to. Pixar’s playing dirty. IF YOU DON’T TEAR UP IN THAT LAST SCENE YOU NEED TO GO TO THERAPY, BECAUSE SOMETHING IS CLEARLY BEING SUPPRESSED AND THAT NEEDS TO BE TAKEN CARE OF.
Honestly, I’m not sure if I can watch this movie again. Well, ok, I’ll obviously watch it again, but I’m going to need at least a few months to get my strength back. This film had me on the verge of tears about 60% of the time. It’s the same feeling you have when you watch “Up”- where you’re super sad in the beginning but you JUST started the movie so you can’t justifiably get blubbery in the first 10 minutes. So you just sit there, sad and heartbroken but NOT crying. And even though the boy scout is cute and chubby and the dog is oddly relatable, you’re still just sitting there thinking about that super sad opening scene. This movie is basically the same, emotionally. You’re sad right out of the gates and then there’s some classic Pixar humor, and then it gets REAL sad at the end and then the movie ends. The middle bit is super cute and the music is quite lovely, but the overarching theme throughout this movie is SADNESS and DEATH.
Also, [Spoiler Alert] this movie took a super dark turn when you find out the celebrity of this movie, Ernesto De La Cruz, murders his best friend. MURDERS?! Pixar, what?! “Finding Nemo” was stressful enough when the fish get flushed down the toilet, but now you put in straight up MURDER?!? I am very nervous about your next film. Please reset and go back to the “Ratatouille” days of food and rat infestations.
The main lessons in Coco is that family comes first and that music is great. I am a big fan of both of these lessons. Family + Music is basically the best combination. So, start a band with your sisters and your life will be complete. Thanks, Coco!!
Popcorn Rating: 4 popped corns
Only watch this move with people you are comfortable ugly crying in front of.