Pixar’s Coco sings a high-spirited but faltering tune at times

Pixar’s Coco sings a high-spirited but faltering tune at times

Can a person honor his family and pursue his dreams at the same time? That is the question at the heart of Coco, a whimsical and high-spirited romp through the underworld from Pixar Animation Studios. The tale of 12-year-old boy, Miguel Rivera, is an aspiring guitarist with a song in his heart and stardom on his mind. But to realize his destiny he must defy the wishes of his close-knit Mexican family, which, for reasons…

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Coco Review: Is it good? Exceptionally good.

Coco Review: Is it good? Exceptionally good.

What’s Coco about? The tale concerns a young Mexican boy named Miguel Rivera who longs for becoming a musician but faces fierce opposition from his extended family, a generational collective of shoemakers who disdain and ban all music owing to having been founded by an iron-willed matriarch. The footwear entrepreneurship found salvation after her husband left home to pursuit the dream of becoming a musician himself and never returned. Through a series of plot issues,…

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Pixar’s latest animated movie Coco succeeds

Pixar’s latest animated movie Coco succeeds

One of the best moments in The Avengers — yes, this is a review of Coco , just go with it — is a single line of dialogue, followed by a pretty solid visual effect. Bruce Banner’s walking toward an oncoming threat, in this case an alien fish monster that’s maybe also a spaceship or something, and it looks like he’s going to get absolutely creamed. Captain America calls out to him, and as Banner turns around, he…

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Coco Review: A Colorful In-depth View Of Death, Family, And Legacy

Coco Review: A Colorful In-depth View Of Death, Family, And Legacy

Pixar is back – the bold, creative Coco washes away the bland taste of The Good Dinosaur and Cars 3. While not quite as clever as Inside Out or Wall-E, Coco manages to tell a family-friendly story centered entirely around death, one that reflects on the legacy we leave behind. But before I sing the film’s praises, I need to rant about the short at the beginning. I’m pretty sure you’ve noticed that Pixar always plays a cute little short before the movies…

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Coco: Disney Pixar’s colorful, melancholic journey is a refreshing return to form

Coco: Disney Pixar’s colorful, melancholic journey is a refreshing return to form

The superficial checklist for a Disney animation usually contains an important moral lesson, a wacky animal sidekick, an asexual romance and at least one frantic chase scene. But hid underneath the bright color palette usually lies a bittersweet tone and a surprisingly deft examination of sorrow. In films from Bambi to The Lion King to Frozen to, most notably, Up, slapstick antics have sat alongside impactful stories of loss, adding rich emotional texture to a…

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Coco : Yet another classic film about family and tradition

Coco : Yet another classic film about family and tradition

Coco  is the sprightly story of a young boy who wants to be a musician and somehow finds himself communing with talking skeletons in the land of the dead. Directed by Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3) and Pixar’s superb animator Adrian Molina, and drawing loosely on Mexican folklore and traditional designs, it has catchy music, a complex yet comprehensible plot, and bits of domestic comedy and media satire. Most of the time the film is a knockabout slapstick…

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Coco review: A heartfelt victory for Disney Pixar

Coco  review: A heartfelt victory for Disney Pixar

Coco  is Pixar’s most touching film since Up. The tears don’t flow as quickly as in that 2009 movie’s notorious opening montage but do yourself a favor and bring some tissues to the theater. At the crowded screening I went to, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room by the time the ending credits started rolling. But “Coco ” does more than just yank your heartstrings, it’s a fun adventure and gorgeous piece of art…

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Movie Review: Pixar’s Coco 2017

Movie Review: Pixar’s Coco 2017

Pixar’s newest animated movie diversifies the studio’s character lineup, if not necessarily its feel-good kind of formula, painting musical journey around the look and feel of Mexico’s Día de Muertos. Conceived as a vibrant celebration of Mexican culture, writer-director Lee Unkrich’s Coco is the 19th feature from Pixar Animation Studios and the first to seriously deal with the deficit of nonwhite characters in its films — so far limited to super-sidekick Frozone in “The Incredibles,” tagalong Russell in “Up”…

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Coco Is A Lovely If Belabored Journey Right Out Of The Pixar Playbook

Coco Is A Lovely If Belabored Journey Right Out Of The Pixar Playbook

As obstacles for the heroes of children’s films go, Miguel’s is a little, shall we say, cerebral. The rebellious 12-year-old protagonist of Coco  longs to be a musician, but his family of shoemakers … hates music. Not just the music of local hero and “greatest musician that ever lived” Ernesto de la Cruz, nor just guitar music. All music. This goes back, we are told in a colorful if staid papel picado opening sequence, to his great-great-grandfather, who left his…

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Coco 2017 Review: Yes, Another Pixar Movie That Will Definitely Make You Cry

Coco 2017 Review: Yes, Another Pixar Movie That Will Definitely Make You Cry

We’ve now reached the point in Pixar’s history where their outstanding movies are the exception rather than the rule. Inside Out was hailed as a return to form, but then the studio followed it up with the bland The Good Dinosaur, the adequate Finding Dory, and the soulless Cars 3. While the future for the studio as a whole remains uncertain, they’re in their element with the moving, beautiful Coco . Lee Unkrich’s movie is a nice look at family, music,…

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Kung Fu Panda 2 Movie delivers more laughs

Kung Fu Panda 2 Movie delivers more laughs

Kung Fu Panda 2 full movie is an example of DreamWorks finally getting the sequel formula right. The movie delivers more laughs, larger scale, finer animation and arguably more heart. Jack Black returns as the incompetently powerful Po to battle the next stage in warfare that threatens to make kungfu extinct alongside with The Furious Five. The group wages war amidst the beautiful landscape of China in thrilling sequences of combat made in 3D that highlight the…

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Kung Fu Panda 2 full movie: A Pack of Entertaining Punches

Kung Fu Panda 2 full movie: A Pack of Entertaining Punches

Kung Fu Panda 2 full movie is exactly great as you’d expect, and it also offer more. The animation is elegant, the story is much more involving than the first movie, and there’s boundless energy throughout the movie. This sequel is not a dutiful retread of Kung Fu Panda 1 full movie but an ambitious extension, and that makes it better than its original. As the world of Kung Fu Panda extended, we finally get to…

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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 full movie: Sometimes, Food Bites Back

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 full movie: Sometimes, Food Bites Back

The first Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs got a great success with $30 million back in September 2009 scoring the second-biggest September Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 full movie debut of all time at that time and ending its leggy run with $124m. The movie is well-liked and there hasn’t been an animated movie that kids and parents could get excited about since Despicable Me 2. Aside from the goodwill leftover from the first movie,…

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MOVIE REVIEW: CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 – Oddly Amazing Ride

MOVIE REVIEW: CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 – Oddly Amazing Ride

I adore Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.  Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s adaptation of the classic children’s book is one of the most unexpected and successful book adaptations of the past several years.  Most films based on children tales are belabored, boring stuffs, and Cloudy turned the simple idea of food falling from the sky into an odd, adorable, and fun animated comedy.  It set an incredibly high stake for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, but new directors Cody Cameron and Kris…

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Kung Fu Panda 2: Movie Review – The Combination between Chinese Taoism and Yin-Yang symbol

Kung Fu Panda 2: Movie Review – The Combination between Chinese Taoism and Yin-Yang symbol

Kung Fu Panda 2 movie is fun, full of action and heartwarming. There are some thematic let-downs, yet, that deserve caution. Kung Fu Panda 2 movie serves as a prime example of DreamWorks finally getting the sequel formula right. Building off of the success of the original 2008 hit, Panda 2 brings more laughs, larger scale, finer animation, and arguably more heart. Jack Black make a return as the  incompetently mighty Po the panda to continue fighting against…

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