Kel McGowan is Kelligrafie
I have to admit I wasn't initially as excited for Coco, as I am for The Incredibles 2. But I'd decided this year that I wanted to start watching more new films and usually Pixar is more often a hit than a miss, so it would probably be decent enough.
Where to begin.
There's the heart behind the story. It's not a complicated film. A boy wants to play music but his family has banned it from their house. A wife left abandoned by her husband, having raise their daughter alone. A spirit who wishes to cross over into the lands of the living to see his remaining relatives. It's not hard to see how they all link into one another but it's told with such passion that I cried. Twice. And I'm not in the habit of sobbing in public places.
It's asthetically a gorgeous film to behold. The use of colour is breathtaking, the scenery is wonderous. It's almost as if Corpse Bride met a rainbow (in Mexico) and this is the offspring.
The characters, while very obviously belonging to the Disney universe, manage to steer clear of looking like anything you've seen before from the house of the mouse. I've found that a lot of the newer CGI films from Disney have ended up with characters that are so stylised they're almost clones of one another.
And yes, there have been serious debates about the true accuracy of the film in how it represents Mexico, Mexican people and traditions. That Disney and Pixar are just trying to make a quick buck by pretending to be inclusive.
I've never been to Mexico, nor do I know any Mexican people. My knowledge of their culture is very limited. I don't know if I can say whether the film is cultural appropriation, because it's not my culture up for debate. But what I will say is that Coco isn't an historical documentary, which some people seem inclined to forget.
I'm pretty sure Disney and Pixar could do better and expand their horizons further, but Coco for me was a step in the right direction. It's a really enjoyable film if you sit back and focus on the story.
File under: Coco, Disney, Pixar, Mexico, Día de los Muertos