Pixar’s 19th movie ranks among its very finest (no mean feat), according to red-hot reports coming out of its first screening at the Morelia Film Festival.
Set in Mexico’s Day of the Dead festivities, it’s a beautiful tribute to family that eschews the animation powerhouse’s tendency to anthropomorphise its lead characters. In this, our heroes are human, although many come in skeletal form…
All young Miguel (newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) wants to do is play guitar like his long-since deceased idol Ernesto de la Vega (Benjamin Bratt), which leads him on an adventure into another plain of existence to find him.
With themes of death and ancestry under the surface of a spectacularly colourful action flick, directors Lee Unkrich (who did the perfect Toy Story 3) and Adrian Molina look to have delivered a movie that fits into the Pixar canon and redefines it; its Latino vibe and cast bringing diverse brilliance.
The bottom line
Peerless Pixar delivers pure heart again.