I SAW “COCO” TODAY, IT WAS REALLY REALLY GOOD, YOU SHOULD SEE IT, THE DEVILS AT PIXAR WILL GIVE YOU THE EMOTIONS.
(note that I pretty much avoided any advance reading on this movie - I called 95% of the “plot twists” before they happened and it was STILL DEEPLY EMOTIONALLY SATISFYING)
However two things you should know before going in:
1. If you have a dead dad that you loved, FUCKING BRACE YOURSELF (I WAS NOT PREPARED AND YOU KNOW WHAT YOU DID, PIXAR)
and 2… . jesus christ, Disney committed a CRIME by replacing the usual charming 3 to 4 minute Pixar short film with A GODDAMN 23-MINUTE LONG FROZEN CHRISTMAS SPECIAL. IT IS EXACTLY AS BAD AS YOU THINK IT WILL BE FROM THAT SENTENCE.This is the only time in my life I encourage you to BE LATE for the movie, you will thank me.
The fact that Steve Harrington steps up to be a kind of father figure for Dustin, driving him to the Snow Ball, giving him romantic advice (just like Lucas got from his dad) etc., is incredible for so many reasons. Not only does Dustin not have that positive male presence in his life but from what’s been implied, neither does Steve. I can hardly imagine Steve’s dad telling his son that he looks like a million bucks or driving little middle-school Steve to a school dance. So honestly bless Steve Harrington and not inheriting his own father’s toxic behaviour.
What I mean: IT (2017) erased Beverly’s childhood feelings for Ben that were present in the novel and made his feelings for her non-mutual in order to have Bill/Bev as the straight, non negotiable romance of the film. They did this because people are more willing to accept Jaeden as a serious love interest than Jeremy. They heavily promoted Bilverly scenes in TV spots and trailers whereas Ben was only shown as the nerdy kid, to the point where I was concerned that his feelings for Bev had been cut. Even though they weren’t, they were portrayed as pathetic or funny in most scenes since the film made it clear that Bill/Bev was going to happen and Ben was sad for thinking otherwise. And even though Bev and Ben get married as adults, now it’s going to be that she developed feelings for him when he lost weight which is really harmful and gross, plus the emotional weight behind them finally finding happiness together after all that time is lost. Bill/Bev was given backstory, development, a proper kiss because why not? They LOOK just like the pairing you’d expect, the most conventionally attractive guy got the girl. Of course I think Bilverly is cute but I can’t detach the fatphobia that motivated their storyline from their relationship and I just wish that there had been a more balanced love triangle because Benverly is an important couple to me and the fact that they erased it in this film is really upsetting to people who relate to Ben (me)