One of the Best Pixar Movies I've Seen
The first time I saw this movie, I loved it. It's easy to see the amount of work that went into recreating the Land of the Dead (and also the rest of the Land of the Living in Santa Cecilia), and so hats off, Pixar, for your great efforts. Each and every house, skeleton - OBJECT - in the Land of the Dead is bright, colorful, and meticulous. Character walk cycles, clothing, the bridge of flowers, the spirit guides, the skeleton bones, the crowds of the dead, the checkpoint near the bridge, the fight scenes - they're all so precise.
Okay, now let's talk emotional aspects/plot line. I loved the plot. The only reason I say to take your children if they're four and up is because it's a complicated plot for little kids. It was a bit hard to keep track of who was who in the beginning (and I was 12 when I first saw it).
On the emotional aspect, Coco surpasses a lot of movies I know. I cried when I saw Coco, specifically the scene where Miguel and Hector are trapped in the ditch. I watched "Un Poco Loco" with a smile, I was yelling in my head at Mama Imelda because she was so ignorant, and I was weeping on the inside during the end.
Today is the one-year anniversary of my grandma's death, and I started humming "Remember Me" in the morning, and I started crying. I still am!
For those of you saying the movie is dark, I don't really understand. I will agree that Pixar showing a murder scene is different from their usual style, but that doesn't make it bad. Death is a part of life kids will come to know about eventually. Also, being crushed by a giant bell might seem weird and dark for a Pixar movie at first, but if you think about it, multiple cartoons show anvils falling on people's heads, characters getting diced, and characters getting flattened by cars and steamrollers (Tom and Jerry and SpongeBob SquarePants come to mind as examples). The other fight scenes in the movie are barely scary. No one gets hurt in the other fighting scenes.
I learned a lot of lessons I wasn't expecting during the movie. Some of them are below:
1. Never forget your family or your roots. Always remember where and who you came from. Your family wants the best for you, even if you don't see eye-to-eye.
2. Follow your dreams. It's the best for you, and that's what counts. You will be the happiest you can be.
3. "Seizing the moment" doesn't mean throwing basic kindness out the window. Success can come with compassion. There's no need to be ruthless.
4. Forgiveness is a virtue, not a weakness. Give others a second chance, and don't hold grudges.
5. Immortality also means creating memories that last forever, not just living forever. The reputation you create for yourself can be the difference between immortality and being a nobody.
Lastly, I created an account on Common Sense Media just for this movie, so that should tell you a lot.