Starring: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach
Director: Lee Unkrich
Runtime: 1 hour, 45 minutes
Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Musical | 2017
I've had this blu ray sitting in my movie collection since it was released. Finally, I was able to watch it for the first time and my first impressions were that it was super cute and entertaining. At first, I was little iffy, with the beginning scenes. But when the magic of the day of the dead happens to Miguel, I was just in awe the entire time. I loved the plot line, the vibrant colors that show so much of the Mexican atmosphere and character. I love the way the dead we portrayed, and I liked the idea of them "disappearing" when forgotten. Is this true in the real Day of the Dead in Mexico? I know they celebrate it in the way of displaying pictures, but do they know the myth of the soul disappearing? Or was this just made up by Disney and Pixar?
At first I thought this film was going to be an animated Footloose, since poor Miguel is prohibited from listening or playing music. But it wasn't. It was just a family curse and basically is the main plot of the movie. He wants to go back to the human world with the blessing to play music.
Also, being a Disney movie, it hit me in the feels near the end. At the brink of crying - from both happiness and sadness - the ending I thought was perfect.
Along with the vibrant colors, the sheer imagination that went into this movie is fantastic. The families spirit guide while trying to track down Miguel was awesome... I've decided that it's the creature on their country's flag? And the wacky dog that follows Miguel around, he wasn't as exciting as the chicken in Moana and I didn't really like how he looked after he turned into a painted spirit animal, but he added some fun to the story.
Overall, I really enjoyed this movie. I'm going to give it a "liked it" rating. I would recommend this to all the families out there, I bet children love this one! And congratulations on winning that Oscar (4/5).
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