Second Pixar film of the year after Cars 3, and while waiting for Toy Story 4 and The Incredibles 2 (of which here is the first teaser), Coco signs the first adventures of Disney in Mexico. On this occasion, the studios invite us to celebrate the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos), typical of Mexican culture, which celebrates ancestors in a deluge of colorful folklore.
For director Lee Unkrich, Pixar Studios’ 19th film is “ a love letter to Mexico ”. It did not take more for some to see it as an answer to Donald Trump, whose animosity towards the country and its inhabitants is no longer to be proven.
In this, Coco is the most beautiful answer there is. If only by the care taken in the preparation of the film, 6 years long (research on local culture, return to Mexico to soak up its traditions, design of Coco’s characters ) in order to to make an authentic film and not jam-packed with clichés.
An enchanting universe
If this “morbid” theme seems risky for a film intended for children, rest assured, Coco is only fairyland and enchantment. The Day of the Dead is a feast where the altars overflow with offerings and photos of the late deceased. In the film, this festive side is perfectly portrayed, it is an ode to the life of the missing and the opportunity to reunite with family.
The splendor of this film lies as much in the beauty of the feelings expressed as in that of the universe which is given to us to see. Pixar at its best presents us with an enchanting Ancestor world, populated by inhabitants, admittedly skeletal, but absolutely delirious. 10,000 places from the gothic-romantic universe of a Burton for example.
The film thus tackles the theme of death, forgetting and memory with delicacy and emotion. A recurring theme at Pixar, whether with Toy Story or Finding Nemo and Dory ( our review ).
Do not forget me
Even if the beginning of the film is a bit agreed, the plot grows as our hero roams the world of the Ancestors. He will learn that you can die twice, discovering that only oblivion signs your true end. When no one remembers you in the living world.
And it is in this that lies the prowess of the story: to make cheerful and full of life, a film filled with melancholy, which sees a few musical notes awakening sleeping memories. We can also thank Disney / Pixar for not having flooded the film with sung passages. They are present, of course, but distilled sparingly, like the title Remember Me ( Ne m’oublie pas ).
Whether you are young or old, Coco will not leave you indifferent. The film is the perfect combination of what is best at Disney and Pixar: tradition and family values for the first, magic and creativity for the second. Coco is a film filled with emotions, just like its grandiose universe. Death suits him so well.