Luis504170 wrote: Bonnie
Woo! You saw the movie, I was wondering if we would hear your input as I remember you lost some excitement for this movie. So glad you thought it was great!
I got more excited as the release date got closer. I think I noticed that there's nothing I plan on seeing until 2020 (Untitled Pixar Suburban Fantasy Film! I'm so desperate for something to watch I'm reduced to looking forward to the thing from the Monsters U guy!), and that kickstarted a feeling that I HAD to be excited for this.
This is it! This is the only flaw that sat weird with me, i would still give the movie a perfect score because it's not significant enough. But when Miguel exclaimed outloud "Hector is the real musician, you are just the guy who murdered him and stole his songs!" I was like EHHH, that was a bit on the nose. But then again, the movie was perfectly paced in my opinion, so I get the quick check mark to get out of the way.
What I think they should've done is have Miquel be aware of the camera rolling. De la Cruz is focused on yelling something at Hector, Miquel's eyes wander to his other family members, he sees the camera, maybe one of them gives a little gesture to really establish that it's recording, then the scene plays as it did in the final but with the understanding that Miquel is purposefully trying to get the information out. If it comes off as too convenient that he just happens to look at them while de la Cruz happens to be distracted, they could play it as him being scared ( at this point de la Cruz has threatened to kill him, right?) and shooting his less-actively-involved-in-the-plot family members a "please help" look.
Same! What moment got you the most? For me, I was tearing up massively when Miguel triggered Coco's memory with "Remember Me" and she sang along, but I held everything back. But once Abuelita Helena put up her picture in the ofrenda, I lost it, I let everything out lol.
Probably when they were explaining Hector's backstory, but there were a lot of crying moments, so I don't really know.
The water in the pit was a huge highlight for me as well. And despite the animation being fantastic, I think the biggest jaw-drop was the lighting. This is the quintessential Pixar film for lighting display. A few highlights:
1) In the beginning with papel picado, the lighting shifts depending on the mood of the voice over.
2) Literally every shot in Miguel's hide out.
3) Miguel going up the staircase while Mama Imelda looks up from the iron gate.
4) Literally the ENTIRE sequence at De La Cruz's exclusive party, I could not believe my eyes!
5) The close ups and pans in Chicharron's hammock room when Hector sings Juanita.
6) The sunset beginning to stab through as Hector kneels over Hector's body.
7) Every single flashback, specifically the lullaby scene with Hector and Coco
8) And obviously the perfect lighting and character placement when Miguel and Coco sing.
YES! I noticed the lighting, too, though I don't remember the specific instances.
And while we're on the subject of animation highlights, whoever had the job of animating accurate guitar playing deserves major recognition!
And I think it kind of dropped off as the movie went on, but Hector's animators were clearly having fun, at least in that office scene.7
Nice! Is there any song you liked enough to stick around?
I hate to say it, but no, none of the songs really stood out to me. That's not to say I thought any of them were bad, just that none of them really stuck to me or sounded so catchy in the film that I had to look them up later.
This was refreshing! And Dante was not just an obligatory sidekick either!
His part was still fairly subtle, but he's miles ahead of the likes of Olaf, Pascal, and Hei-Hei, I'll give him that.
I loved this scene! It's not just emotional because "Hey we are Pixar and we make you cry" (John Lassetter actually said this himself in an interview)
And that's the mindset that gives you halfbaked things like the ending of Good Dinosaur.