When I was writing this segment, I considered making Panel Two a splash page, so we could echo Page 1 of the comic. Obviously, cooler heads prevailed, but I do think that would’ve been a neat choice. (BTW, MINE was the cooler head. The last thing I want to do is make this comic LONGER than it needs to be.)
Two movies in two days.
Tuesday of last week: Justice League
Wednesday of last week: Coco
Justice League was WAY better than I feared it was going to be…but that still only earned it a C+. I cannot join in on the bashing of this movie; I think I liked it more than Age of Ultron. The heroes were great, except maybe for Henry Cavill as Superman, who I’ve really liked in the past. The problems for him had more to do with the writing and the bad CGI than anything else. Steppenwolf is an utterly uninspiring villain, which was probably the film’s most glaring flaw. Still, it was fun, and most of all, the heroes were HEROIC. While there is serious room for improvement, this was a major step in the right direction.
Coco was a “return to greatness” for Pixar, which has of late been outshined the offerings of their parent company. The Good Dinosaur was no Moana…but Coco definitely breathes that same rarefied air. Like Moana, it expanded upon a mythology in a way that felt super respectful yet perfectly approachable for a mainstream audience. Coco lands an A-, and has to be mentioned in the upper echelon of Pixar’s library.