A boy searches for his lost great-great-grandfather…in the Land of the Dead.
EVERYONE I talked to told me that this movie is awesome.
But it’s Disney, I said, I’m not crazy about Disney movies. They’re kinda all the same and kinda predictable.
No, said Everyone, this one is different and it’s really good.
Whatevs, I said, and rolled my eyes.
Then last Friday, it was raining and I decided to go have a multi-movie day at my local ‘plex. There were three movies about to leave town, and I had a few movie passes left from the batch that I had gotten, so I managed to work them all in…and this was second. After Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which was awesome and funny and a hard act to follow.
But this movie totally did. Everyone was right. This was a great movie.
Yes, it’s an animated Disney movie, so you know that
- The animation will be excellent.
- There will be a kid doing something to repair his/her (his, in this case) family.
- There will be a cute animal sidekick.
- There will be a villain standing in the way, maybe a scary villain (but it’ll be Benji-peril)
- There will be a heart-rending scene toward the end that will make me cry like a bitch whether or not I want to.
- All will be well in the end.
And all of those things were true…but in a very very good way. This story is about a Hispanic boy whose great-great-grandfather left his ggg’mother to be a famous musician. The only picture of him has the face torn out of it, so all the kid is going on is family legend. He ends up in the Land of the Dead on Dia de los Muertos, makes a friend whom he tries to help, finds the person he’s looking for, and things go differently than he expects, but not (at the end) so badly.
And although it’s nice having a boy be the main character in a Disney movie (not unheard of, but rare) and it’s nice seeing a Hispanic community and having them and their lives and celebrations as the center of the story, the BEST thing is the animation.
This is WONDERFUL animation, even in this day and age. The real-world part is good, but when he enters the Land of the Dead, it’s breathtaking. I won’t spoil it, but be preparted to say WOW a lot. I certainly did! I don’t use the word STUNNING much anymore when it comes to special effects, but it’s appropriate here. If you can see it on the big screen do it, this is one time when it won’t be nearly as awesome on your tv.
And the flying leopard!!!
Just…go see it. It was great. Thank you, Everyone. You were right.