Originally released on October 27 in Mexico and directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina, Coco was a movie about family, tradition, friendship, trust, dreams, forgiveness, and many more.
Synopsis: “Despite his family’s generations-old ban on music, young Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead. After meeting a charming trickster named Héctor, the two new friends embark on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.” (Google, 2017)
I’ve always been a fan of animated films, especially Disney Pixar. When I heard Pixar is releasing another movie (Coco), I didn’t think twice and decided right there and then that I must see this in the cinema and SHOULD NOT MISS IT.
I honestly do not know where to start. I am a bit overwhelmed, because Coco is not your ordinary child movie. The plot was unpredictable, for me at least. I certainly did not expect that plot twist, especially when you have seen the trailer multiple times.
In the first part of the movie, they discussed the importance of family; how they would never leave you and how you need to follow what they want, because they know what’s best for you. I believe that, but we all know that it is not always the case. There will always come a time where you have to follow your dreams, your heart’s desires, even when they do not approve of it. But at the end of the day, your family will always support you and your happiness. No matter what.
Another is where they explained the importance of tradition. It was a perfect combination, actually, because the short film prior the main show was Olaf’s Frozen Adventure where he looked for a holiday tradition for Elsa and Anna. So anyway, the tradition of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead or All Souls’ Day) was elaborated, at least in the Mexican context, which I really appreciated especially that there were A LOT of kids watching the film and I know that they were learning, as I am.
By the time Miguel explored the Land of the Dead is where the action happens. He met Hector, who happened to play a major role in his journey and in his life. But Miguel thought he did not need Hector to find his “grandpa” Ernesto dela Cruz. Until, he discovered that… well, just watch the movie hehe. The main lesson in this part is that you really can’t trust someone you do not know or you have not spent time with. You would always need to know the whole story first until you make a judgment. Well, what do you know, it speaks to my whole life. LOL.
I was surprised, in many ways, by this movie. It had a more mature plot, and by mature I mean opening whole new understanding for the children to comprehend.
My favorite part was when Mama Imelda finally forgave Hector and actually lived happily ever after. You may not always forget the bad things that happened, but you can always forgive which is a sacred act and a brave thing to do. Speaks to my life yet again!
Also!!! It has great soundtrack. I loooove movies with great music. My Spanish-speaking skills kinda came back from the dead, as well. I need a refresher!
Perhaps the reason I truly loved and appreciated the movie was I related so much to it — may hugot.
It’s my new top favorite Pixar movie, next to A Bug’s Life and The Good Dinosaur. They’re all number 1 for me!
Have you watched Coco? What do you think? And what are your other favorite Disney Pixar films? 🙂
Love and light,