Director: Lee Unkrich
Story: Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina, Jason Katz, Matthew Aldric
Screenplay: Adrian Molina, Matthew Aldrich
Production company: Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios
Music director: Michael Giacchino
Cinematographer: Matt Aspbury, Danielle Feinberg
Editors: Steve Bloom, Lee Unkrich
Release date: 24-11-2017
Censor certificate: U
Run time: 1hr, 49mins
Genre: Animation, Comedy
Teenage boy named Miguel wants to become a musician. He is inspired by a very famous musician named Ernesto De La Cruz who is actually his great great grandfather. What happens after the boy comes to know about it forms the crux of the story.
Lee Unkrich’s direction is so impressive, he has proven his talent in every scene by incorporating something unique. Script is good, beauty is that the story takes a new path through the flow. Screenplay is thoroughly engaging packaged with equal share of fun and emotional moments. Dialogues are crisp and on point, few places contain some skillful writing too. Each and every character is powerful and has something needful to do in the progression. The sketches are great, kudos to the animation team for bringing in such an immense quality. Being targeted for the kids, nowhere the team was lethargic or irresponsible in the making. Few important ideas are handled in a superb smart way, even the pattern of revealing certain twists are also brilliant. The backdrop is very new and the cinematic liberty taken is largely pleasing. Michael Giacchino’s background music is so sweet and the small songs arriving at some areas also suits the mood aptly. Matt Aspbury and Danielle Feinberg’s camera work is clever by delivering exactly what the movie wanted. Steve Bloom and Lee Unkrich’s editing is also neat, duration is gentle too. Detailing given to the dead world they’ve created is stunning. Hats-off to the visual effects team for providing such a commanding work which deserves all the praise for its eye-treat. Film’s biggest plus is that it easily connects with the audience though the backing is unique. Sentiment scenes touch our hearts deeply and the comedy sequences offers the much needed laughs.
Film looked a bit kiddish at some places which might feel quite silly for the adults. The 20mins long ‘OLAF’ short film at the beginning is a patience tester, not that its bad but it’ll be a disturbance for the people who enter to watch the movie in particular. Though the run time is around ninety minutes, film seems to be somewhat sluggish all over. Few scenes are kept just to explain a new concept. Some portions are bit dragging, for eg. searching the great musician. 3D experience had nothing great to provide and it could’ve been a disappointment for the kids.
TO CONCLUDE – A slick animated entertainer packed with wonderful creative ideas & strong technical team.
Movie Rating – 3.25/ 5.
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