Pixar has had a lately habit of relying on their formula to make every film fit into that specific box where it begins to look like they are making a machine factory list of tear jerker movies for the sake of doing it. But with this film in particular — they go back to their roots of one of their most endearing, honest and culturally truthful films that belongs up there with the original Pixar Classics. Comparing this film to the 2015 film Inside Out — they both achieve what Pixar can do if they focus on their subject of what they want to execute and let the film have a clear direct message.
The beauty of this film not only are the stellar visuals but the representation it brings in showcasing a Mexican family accurately in a positive light on screen. With there being such a need to put more diverse faces on the big screen this film certainly checks that box. And even though this film is positively and accurately representing a culture it is not just for that audience. This film is for all family members of any race. The messages about family and communication are well executed that it can apply to any heritage.
Remember me, though I have to say goodbye / Remember me, don’t let it make you cry / For even if I’m far away, I hold you in my heart / I sing a secret song to you, each night we are apart / Remember me, though I have to travel far / Remember me, each time you hear a sad guitar / Know that I’m with you, the only way that I can be / Until you’re in my arms again, remember me…
The story I found to be pretty straightforward with a couple of small twists. I liked Miguel as a character, he didn’t seem to vindictive to his family for not allowing him to explore a passion for music. You felt his pain in trying to be able to explore new things. Though he does do some mischievous acts to put himself in danger in service of his own personal wishes — the lessons both he and his family learn together land strong.
Adrian Molina does his heritage proud with this film as a producer/co-director with Lee Unkrich. Pixar hopefully sets a standard for other filmmakers that they should do the research and make sure you find the experts to put together an authentic experience for the audience. Nothing goes a long way with audiences then a story that feels real and doesn’t feel warped by a studio system. The music was great — it had a great cultural touch to the overall picture. I would agree that if you heard the music in Spanish it would land better. I can definitely say this is the best animated feature of the year. Nothing comes close from the mainstream entertainment side.