Movie Diary 2/28/2018

Coco (Lee Unkrich, co-director Adrian Molina, 2017). A really skillful Pixar outing, swift-moving but never rushed, and expert at keeping its many characters distinct. Pixar has always been strong at bringing the reality of death into its stories, and this one simply foregrounds that subject (being set in the Land of the Dead, on Dio de las Muertes). But one of its best strokes is its critique of hero-worship, which becomes clear with a terrific mid-point revelation that’s really quite unusual and disturbing. Also: This movie sounds great, especially with its frequent clattering of bones in empty space.