Review of Disney/Pixar’s Movie Coco

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Tomorrow marks the day of the Thanksgiving holiday release of Disney/Pixar’s Coco.

Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, 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 following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector, and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.

I had the wonderful opportunity to take my family to see Coco this evening and it turned out to be am uplifting, emotional and fun movie to watch. This is a well written story that celebrates the rich culture and history of Mexico. Focusing on the celebration of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), the viewer learns about the meaning of this important holiday and also gets the message of respecting elders, the value of family and the value of personal creativity.

The message of death was deeply ingrained in the movie and is sometimes a difficult subject to understand. My 5, almost 6 year old daughter started crying towards to end when she really understood the meaning of death in the movie. It was tough for her but also a reality so it is not something I feel the need to shield from her.

I won’t ruin the movie for you, so I will end my review here. I will just say, be prepared for a rich and vibrant movie. The color and graphics are beautiful and so is the tag line, family first.