(Review)Coco is An Instant Classic!
It is no secret that I am a huge fan of Disney and it is hard not to be when they consistently create incredible content! Coco is their latest animated film that focuses on Miguel Rivera, a small boy that comes from a long line of incredible shoe makers in Mexico. The Rivera family despises music due to an event that took place long ago in their family. Miguel knows this, but despite his family history he aspires to become a musician. He decides to enter a music competition held in his town during Dia De Los Muertos, Day of the Dead, when he finds himself without an instrument. He chooses to “borrow” famed singer/actor Ernesto de la Cruz’s guitar from his resting place. This act causes him to get pulled into the afterlife and from there he must fight to come back to the world of the living.
There are so many great things about this film that it is hard not to write thousands of words talking about it! The major aspect of Coco that I enjoyed was the animation. You can tell that a lot of love and care went into designing the look of people, both the living and dead characters. The audio was all incredibly well done too. You could hear the sounds of clacking from every motion the skeletons made in the film, and it all fit together so naturally.
The songs in the film were fantastic as they retained their Mexican culture while still being in English enough to be understood by non Spanish speakers. This is something many creative companies struggle with: being authentic enough to be appreciated by Hispanic viewers while also being relatable enough to non Hispanics. Often times projects dip too much either way,
but in Coco they found the perfect line that pleases both. When speaking and singing, characters used Spanish slang or mottos before jumping back into English. This allowed enough context that the joke could be understood by all.
Their portrayal of Dia De Los Muertos and the Mexican culture was endearing. Many moments Miguel experienced with overbearing family members who just wanted the best for him was something many people can relate to. Not to mention the incredibly brutal Chancla (sandal) that all grandmothers know how to turn into a deadly weapon if needed. A personal favorite was a moment when Miguel stated he had enough food and his grandmother refused to hear it, proceeding to pile even more onto his plate.
The story of Coco itself was wonderful as it showed the struggle all men and women experience when their aspirations conflict with what their family wants. They have to choose to fight for what they want into order to be truly happy while also respecting and appreciating those who love them. I really could go on and on about this film and how good it was!
Multiple times in the film I had to stop myself from crying. Bastards. (Just kidding. I love you, Disney.)
Coco was a great film that will be enjoyed by all ages regardless if you have knowledge of Dia De Los Muertos or not. I highly recommend this film to anyone who wants a guarantee that they will have a good time. Be sure to check out more information on this film at: http://movies.disney.com/coco