Disclaimer: I received a free movie ticket in exchange for writing a review on this blog.
Recently, our team of writers got to attend a special movie premier of the newest movie to come out of the Disney-Pixar lot: Coco. I present to you a spoiler free review of this movie.
In Mexican culture, Halloween is not a big holiday to be celebrated. Instead, the Mexican people celebrate a very special holiday known as Día De Muertos: “The Day Of The Dead” The celebration of this holiday is a grand occasion, marked by families making ofrendas, or altars with pictures of their deceased family members and decorating them with flowers (especially aztec marigolds), and favorite foods and drinks of the deceased. These ofrendas are even sometimes taken to the grave of the deceased family members. After sundown, the spirits of the deceased are said to be allowed to visit their graves and hear the prayers of their families and receive their tributary offerings. It is on this day that we find our story begins, with young Miguel Rivera. Miguel loves to play music. There’s just one catch: his family has banished all music from the family…FOREVER. This saddens young Miguel, who knows that it is his heart’s goal to be a famous musician one day. Through a series of unfortunate (or perhaps fortunate) circumstances, young Miguel comes face to face with his Mamá Imelda. There’s just one problem: Mamá Imelda is dead. Miguel finds that he has somehow crossed over to the land of the dead, without actually being dead. His problem now is that he must get back to the land of the living before sunrise, or he will become one of the dead himself.
Most of the movie is focused on the hilarity that ensues as Miguel tries to find his way back to the land of the living, which involves getting the blessing of a family member. The problems that he faces along the way, while very comical, show him what his family is made of and also teaches him a valuable lesson. Eventually, Miguel must make a very tough decision: follow his heart, or follow his family’s orders.
The movie brings a full range of emotions, from full-blown laughter to tears and back again at breakneck speed. The characters are so warm and inviting that by the end of the movie it feels like you’ve known them your entire life. And the music in this movie is absolutely stellar! I may be premature in saying this (or even wrong), but I think the soundtrack to this movie could possibly be as hot as the soundtrack from Frozen (shocking, I know…who could top Let It Go). You and your family will want to return to the Land Of The Dead time after time after time with Coco, out in theaters tomorrow!
For tickets and more information, just visit http://movies.disney.com/coco.
Disclaimer: I received a free movie ticket in exchange for writing this review. This did not influence my opinion and all thoughts are my own.