Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector, and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. Coco is directed by Lee Unkrich & Adrian Molina under Disney Pixar.
Featuring the voices of: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach, Renee Vector, Jaime Camil, Gabriel Iglesias, Ana Ofelia Murguia & Edward Olmos.
Genre: Animated Feature, Comedy, Drama, Adventure
WHAT I LIKE?
Coco belongs to one of Disney/Pixar’s masterpiece that has truly made its mark in the roaster. What I like about the film is how it creatively and brilliantly interpreted the theory of life after death in a manner that is family-friendly and captivating at the same time. Coco is highly-entertaining and inspiring at the same time. I am impressed on how was the plot laid out. The sequences were great and the phasing was just in parallel with its twist and turns in preparation of a climax that will truly capture your emotion. Coco is a rollercoaster of family values, drama, comedy and adventure that would keep you on your seats until the end. I really loved the part where the after life was shown. It was just mesmerizing and visually-stunning. Sound engineering is impressive too. There were some entertaining musical numbers. I really love the Mexican influence of Coco. Expect a whirlwind of emotions while watching. Never I have expected to cry buckets after. It touched a certain emotion in me that is usually felt when you experience losing someone you love especially your family. Overall, it is a highly-recommended flick rich in various family values and an eye-opener about death and life. Plus, the “Remember Me” OST was sang by Iñigo Pascual.
WHAT I DON’T LIKE?
Naaah! Coco was way better than Frozen for me.
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Saving Sally took a big risk in bringing mixed media of Animation and realism into one colorful and awesome piece which is truly a breakthrough film entry of MMFF 2016 and perhaps the entire Pinoy film industry. As the Marketing says it all, the film took a decade to finish considering the limitations of technology we have here in PH. Well, I must say that it is so worth it. The film’s final output is very impressive. The story might a little bit lazy and familiar but the storyline was presented in a very creative manner. The interpretation will glue you with great visuals supported by a variety of symbols and metaphor of a very typical love story. Whats great about Saving Sally is that it gave the feels of watching an International film. Some may find it a little bit boring but when you begin to unfold the hidden meaning of the sequences, you begin to appreciate the extensive effort and brilliant minds of the people behind the best Pinoy Animated film to date. 4/5 stars.
Amusing. Light. Colorful and inspiring. Trolls is one of Dreamwork’s best animated film to date that tackled a cliché plot but was able to effectively touch its audience with its heartwarming lesson about finding happiness. There is nothing to dislike about this film. From its very child-friendly and adorable characters and superb visuals, the film presented a very conservative approach that appeals to all kinds of audience especially the younger ones. The fusion of popular music during their performances made even more appealing and exciting as well. Not too much on the conflict but the film invested much on the brighter side of its very relatable theme. Lots of eye-popping action and colorful stuff along the way. Well, Trolls was my childhood so its very refreshing to see a full-length of this flick nowadays. Giving it 5/5 stars.
Inappropriate. Non-sense. Vulgar. Naughty. Offensive. Downright delirious. Yet generally satisfying. Sausage Party is not your ordinary animated movie as it contains R18 formula not suitable for narrow-minded audience. This semi-disturbing movie is actually more of provocative as it tackles religion and reality in a very strange manner. It feels like you’re watching a soft porn. The movie is full of profanity so its not suitable for 18 years and below so dont you ever let your children watch this alone. With the voices of James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Salma Hayek, Paul Rudd and many more, Sausage Party is a whole Pile of clever characterization with some interesting interpretation along the way. Gaaah. The climax was arghhhh. Anyways, not suitable for younger audiences. 3.5/5 stars.
The Secret Life of Pets is surely one of the best animated flick ever made after Toy Story, Up, Dory and How to Train your Dragon. For me, it is the most entertaining flick ever made. It may not be as heartwarming among the top 5 mentioned, but this movie is one hell of a fun-fare flick with one the best visuals also to date. Never a dull moment with this film about pets and their life while waiting for their owners. Loved the dynamism of the plot and the variation of great and funny characters. A lot is happening all the time. I was just laughing like a kid inside the cinema. The film brought me to a whole new level of entertainment. Worth-watching with kids too. I wanna watch it all over again. 5/5 stars.
Finding Dory brings back so much great memories of Finding Nemo. And yes, the wait was worth it. This Pixar and Disney masterpiece takes you to another exciting journey to the sea. With addition of new lovable characters, Finding Dory is all but pure and heartwarming entertainment for the whole family. It may have a resemblance of the 1st film’s formula, but this film will stand alone as one of Disney’s finest animated flick to date. It may not be as adventurous as the 1st one, but the story and lessons are deep this time. Worth-watching again. 5/5 stars.
| Sometimes we do the wrong things for the right reasons | Kung Fu Panda 3 is a rare animated flick installment that is actually getting better every release. A visually-entertaining masterpiece that make you love even more the characters in the film. With a very interesting plot, Kung Fu Panda 3 managed to maintain its audience momentum to its very compelling and child-friendly storyline. Comedy is better this time. For me, my most favorite among the 3. No negative reviews. It only proved that the film is truly feel-good and inspiring as well. 5/5 stars.