Friday, November 24, 2017

Coco Review: Beautiful animation and strong themes celebrate Mexican culture

The Hit:

Disney's Pixar has yet again made a movie invoking great emotions. Coco's message is one we can all relate to: always remember family and know where your roots come from throughout your family history. 

Cast: Anthony Gonzales, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach, Renee Victor, Jaime Camil, Lombardo Boyar, Sofia Espinosa.

Pros: The animation was incredible: the characters, the background, everything from the floor to the sky was astounding. Coco really grabbed the essence of what Mexico looks like and how the Day of the Dead is celebrated. The spirit world was very colorful and had me admiring every scene. The story was also well done. I learned more about my own culture, especially the Day of the Dead and the importance of it. Following Miguel as he discovered himself and his family was very touching. The music was a beautiful mix of English and Spanish so everyone could understand.

Cons: The only con is my own fault. Even with my Mexican descent, I do not know very much about what the Day of the Dead truly is and how you celebrate. Coco was very eye-opening and I felt a little embarrassed by my lack of knowledge.

The Verdict:

I walked in knowing very little about the Day of the Dead and left wanting to know more. Coco took a lot of time and effort to know the exact details of the Mexican culture and they got it all exactly right. Besides the Day of the Dead which I don't know much about, everything else seemed so familiar and well done. The theme was about family, currently living and those that have passed on. It left me teary-eyed and smiling. For a good family movie no matter your heritage, don't miss Coco.

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