Friday, November 24, 2017

Movie Review: Disney Coco

I was lucky to win premiere tickets to Disney Coco courtesy of MyFM on 22th November 2017, so I got to watch it one day earlier than everyone else.

Steeped in Mexican culture, Disney Coco is a story which happened on Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).  

Aside from the main character Miguel, who is a budding/talented musician, Disney Coco has many interesting and unique characters, like Miguel's abuelita, who "runs the house like Mama Imelda" strictly without music (Miguel's deceased great-great-grandmother), Mama Coco (Miguel's great grandmother) who probably has dementia, Ernesto de la Cruz (a prominent musician/actor whose fame lasts even after death), and Hector (the forgotten soul in the Land of the Dead).

The vibrant Land of the Dead is a lively place full of colours and music. The skeletons there are unique and each have their own special characteristics. The art and music were simply fantastic, my favourite song being the one Coco's dad sang to her before he left - RecuĂ©rdame (Remember Me). 

I guess one thing Miguel realized was that his family was the one who cared about him the most, as they tried their best to save him and return him to the Land of the Living before time runs out. Sometimes we pursue certain things only to find that reality is not what we imagined it to be, but even when we are crushed, our family will still be there to support us.  

Disney Coco pulled at my not-so-Latina heartstrings and made me laugh and cry. Aside from Finding Nemo and Pokemon, no other animation movie has reduced me to a sniffling ball of hold-back tears.

Disney Coco deserves 5 stars for its wonderful storytelling, amazing visual effects and its lovely rendition of music and Mexican traditions.

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