COCO – Review by Martha k. Baker

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​So what does your trusty film critic know? As I sat in the theater waiting for “Coco” to start, I observed the children around me. They were chattering, whining, mewling, and reporting. They were eating loudly, running rompingly, demanding attention. “What,” I thought uncharitably, “are they doing here? What will they understand of ‘Coco’?” Continue reading

​The latest Pixar film began. And a hush fell over the crowd. A hush unaltered for nearly two hours as mind-boggling history and myth were set forth in exposition, as great banners of sound swirled about, as colors insisted on being absorbed. And, still, the children sat dumbfounded, absorbed like those colors.

​So what did they understand of the culture of Mexico and its celebration of the Day of the Dead, or All Souls’ Day? Did they relate it to All Hallows’ Eve or All Saints’ Day or their own deaths? Did they, no matter their age, understand the story, written by Lee Unkrich and Jason Katz, among others, and convoluted as a morning glory vine? Did they identify with the protagonist, a boy named Miguel. His family of shoemakers has banned music even though this boy hears and plays it in this world and the next. In his search for his musical roots, Miguel encounters unscary skeletons, many dancing or plinking guitars. What child who barely gets what “tia” means, understood these ancestors? And yet, the audience did not even whisper into its own silence.

​The children piped asked no questions, not even about Pixar’s vaunted adherence to culture and history, well, except for leaving native-born Indians out of the Mexican mix. They listened to the voice work of Anthony Gonzalez as Miguel and of Gael Garcia Bernal and Benjamin Bratt. They followed the finely detailed animation, especially the amazing finger work of guitarists. They behaved, entertained by it all — the story and the songs. Me? Not so much.

This is Martha Baker with a KDHX film review of “Coco.”

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  • Richard Bermudez

    So you spend the bulk of your review describing how previously vociferous children were silenced and raptly entertained by this film (despite your obvious incredulity that they grasped the finer nuances). And yet, while stating that you were not entertained you failed to provide a single reason why? Can this even be considered a review? Not so much.

  • Shop Owner

    Your review was really shitty and sounds a little biased. It seems like you missed the entire point of the movie.

  • Chip McFetters

    Quite literally the worst film review I’ve ever read. Retire.

  • j. martin

    Was wondering how someone could not enjoy this film. I read your review and I am still wondering. The entire reason you gave this a bad review is missing from the review itself. Instead, we get a long winded paragraph of complete nonsense and confusion. This movie was amazing and you are one of the only people on Rotten Tomatoes who gave this movie a rotten review. When your rating contradicts 97% of the general public you should probably consider a new career. Especially when your writing lacks an actual critique or opinion supporting your point. Wow. SMH