Coco Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Coco by Michael Giacchino.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 92.5
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 30.6
Album Excellence: 52.7%
Coco is a 2017 American 3d computer-animated musical fantasy adventure film directed by Lee Unkrich and starring Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal & Benjamin Bratt. Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. The score is composed by Michael Giacchino.
It is now a well known fact that whatever Michael Giacchino creates for Pixar and Disney it’s pretty much gold. Gold! Well, maybe not "Toy Story Of Terror!" but everything else has been a success. Granted, I didn’t feel as much for Zootopia, Cars 2 or Inside Out as I did for The Incredibles, Ratatouille and Up, but no one can deny the success of those scores and movies. It’s a worrying trend though looking at it from my perspective. His 2004-2009 scores is way better tan his 2011-2016 scores. Maybe this one will bring me back to the magic he used to create 10 or so years ago. Disney has two versions of this album out, one 38 tracks and the other 53 tracks. I’m not entirely sure, but I think the 53 tracks one is the Spanish version. Still, on both version there are exactly 27 Michael Giacchino cues so whatever version you get, you can rest assured that you have the full score. The score opens with ‘Will He Shoemaker’ a funny title but as you know, Giacchino is the pun master of scoring so naturally I expected some giggles along the way but this seem to be Giacchino’s least pun-filled score. It doesn’t matter though as it shines where it’s supposed to. Since this is a very Mexican themes animated film, the music reflect that as well. The opening has a very Mexican feel to it with guitar and string and that Mexican rhythm. It’s festive and quite fun. In the three scores I enjoy the most with Giacchino, Up, Ratatouille and The Incredibles there’s a very distinct style to the music. This could well turn out to be the Spanish Ratatouille and I would be perfectly fine with that.
I think that you already know if you’ll enjoy this score or not. If you like festive and rhythmic Mexican music you’ll find a lot of that here. If you don’t, I think you won’t find much joy. The score is a bit uneven, but I love it when Giacchino gets playful with the sound and music. He needed to bring that back. His recent animated scores have been a bit too bland for my taste, but this is filled with personality and Giacchino should definitely be applauded for that. This score shows why Giacchino was so lauded and won an Academy Award for Up and probably should have won one for Ratatouille. I’m not saying this one will win awards, but it definitely should be considered. Bring on the festivities!
12. Will He Shoemaker?
14. Miguel’s Got An Axe To Find
16. It’s All Relative
17. Crossing The Marigold Bridge
18. Dept. Of Family Reunions
20. The Newbie Skeleton Walk
21. Adios Chicharron
22. Plaza De La Cruz
24. Taking Sides
25. Fiesta Espectacular
26. Fiesta Con De La Cruz
27. I Have A Great-Great-Grandson
31. Reunion Familiar De Rivera
32. A Family Dysfunction
33. Grabbing A Photo Opportunity
35. For Whom The Bell Tolls
37. One Year Later