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Curiosity

So since Coco came out a couple of years ago, California Adventure has been doing a Coco thing for Dia de los Muertos, and they have a big procession come out and retell the story very briefly and sing some of the songs, and they have a Miguel marionette and it's all festive and stuff. They have a display of stuff related to the holiday and the movie, of course, because everything has to be branded. Anyway, whenever we end up watching the festivities with Gaston, he says we would probably actually like the movie if we gave it a chance. We would always be like, "That may or may not be so, but our extreme prejudice against Pixar is going to make it extreeeeeeemely difficult to give it a fair shake."

Nevertheless, Gaston's persistence piqued our curiosity, and with Disney+ about to come along and snatch all the Disney and Pixar movies away, we figured we better hurry if we want to satisfy that curiosity. So tonight we pulled the movie up on Netflix and we watched it. And Gaston was right about one thing: we would describe it as having stunning visuals. In fact, he said, "It has stunning visuals, but you'll like it anyway." And every time he said we'd like it, I had to wonder what made him think so...which is part of what had me so curious. As it turns out, I still don't know what makes him think we would like it...like, he doesn't ever actually pay attention to what we like in stories, so seriously, how could he know?

Well, first of all, in his mind, any movie with good music is objectively a good movie in his mind, never mind the fact that taste in music is subjective. That's not to say I didn't like the music. Michael Giacchino annoys me (because of an interview I read; it's completely biased and probably unfair), but he does write good music. I didn't love the songs, though. It's probably a good thing we didn't know that the Frozen team wrote the main song, or we would have been even more biased against it. I really liked the one that was sung during the fight over the picture; turns out that one is traditional. I really like traditional music, I'm learning.

We do like movies where we see people caring about each other, and this is one where they talk about caring about each other a lot. ...Kinda like...another movie...a lot of ice... I will say that I don't hate the characters in Coco nearly as much as I hate the ones in that other movie. Except for Miguel, who did get on my nerves, and his living family, who was entirely too uncommunicative, pretty much everybody seemed to be reasonably considerate of other people, and their decisions made sense.

Except. Whenever there was some kind of action sequence, it seemed like everybody was a deer in headlights. Something would happen, and we'd be like, "Okay, just jump over there!" "Run onto the stage!" "Pick up the stupid guitar!" ...Oh wait, the guitar wasn't an action sequence thing. It was whenever there was some urgent need for action, they would just stand around like, "I dunno what to do." It drove us nuts.


So I guess the theme of the movie was supposed to be that family is important, but we really didn't see how that came across. Like, after more than half the movie assuming that Ernesto de la Cruz was his great-great-grandfather, Miguel learns that he's Not a Nice Man, and it seems like that was when he learned that family is more important than music? It's possible that we missed something. After all our frustration with the dude reviewing Fire Force at ANN and his being like, "How does that make sense?" and us being like, "Well if you were paying attention," we have to be willing to consider the possibility that we missed something.

And you know, I don't think a story necessarily has to have a moral to be good. Like The Little Mermaid. You can learn things from it, but it doesn't really have a distinct moral. So Miguel's lesson, or whatever happened there, shouldn't be a factor in whether or not we like it. We just probably wouldn't have liked it anyway. The pacing wasn't right for us, and we just didn't like Miguel that much. That was another thing! I mean, speaking of the Little Mermaid, I get the whole rebellious teenager thing, but I feel like they didn't really sell the family conflict all that well. I just feel like if music had been so important to him for so long, maybe when it got brought up, his family would be like, "Ugh, not this again!" instead of, "What!? Where is this coming from!?" ...But again, maybe we missed something. And clearly his sister/cousin (relationship unspecified) also had a passion for music, because just a year later, she's part of his mariachi band. ...Well, if you practice enough you could probably get that good in a year...but speaking of which, if they were going out of their way to marry people who also didn't like music, the entire family diving into the whole musician thing at the end is a bit of a stretch. Some of them would surely still be like, "Nah, I just like making shoes."

That's another thing! The opening narration talked about how Imelda was forced to support her family, which is admirable and empowering and all that, but then when Miguel got to the part about her learning to make shoes, he goes out of his way to tell us that that was a super uncool choice. I mean, if it's the rebellious teenager thing, sure, but he grew up in a whole family of shoe makers. Surely one of them (like his mom or dad) would have befriended him enough, especially in a culture where family is that important, that he would at least have a kinder opinion of shoes out of consideration for the people in his family he cares about and who care about him. This is why Miguel annoys us, the little ingrate.

The other thing is that the California Adventure thing gave away the big spoiler about Ernesto. I don't think we would have been that impressed if we hadn't known about it ahead of time. But I just want to say that the dude in the picture that convinced Miguel that he was related to Ernesto was way too broad-shouldered to be Hector. But whatever.


We need to stop talking about this. I don't know why I keep ranting about these things, it doesn't do anyone any good. Maybe I just wanted to vent. The important thing is that we watched Miraculous afterward and it helped us feel much better.

Today I'm thankful for the curiosity about Coco be satiated, almost meeting our work quota, getting to watch Miraculous, having chocolate pie to also help us feel better, and getting our Wizarding World crates today.
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