Coco. 2017. USA . Directed by Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina. DCP. 109 min.
Coco is Pixar’s most colorful, visually spectacular film since the studio's 2006 merger with Disney. With a generous helping of magic realism and music, it tells the story of 12-year-old Miguel, whose frustrated desire to play the guitar like a famous relative leads him to fantastical encounters with deceased relatives and long-secret family histories. Most gratifying are the signature moments of Pixar digital art—as seen in the fleshy folds of skin on the body of the film’s 90-year-old title character, proving that age is more interesting to animate and more rewarding to look upon than youth. Although audiences won’t find overt social commentary on the politics of immigration in the film, its celebration of Mexican folk culture, traditions, and generational family ties across the borders of time and space is both timely and relevant.