Movie Review-Coco


Coco is a beautifully animated Disney/Pixar film that is set in the fictitious Mexican town of Santa Cecilia. It focuses on the Mexican customs celebrated on "al dia de los muertos" (the day of the dead) and a 12 year old boy who seeks the blessing of one of his ancestors, Ernesto de La Cruz (Benjamin Bratt) to be a musician; a profession that his family frowns upon. De la Cruz was an iconic Mexican singer and movie star and is now The King of the Dead in the land of the dead.

Young Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) meets a trickster along the way, Hector (Gael Garcia Benal), who takes the young boy on a journey through the colorful land of the dead, with his own plans to crossover to the land of the living and make a connection with his long lost family.

Coco is a story about family and it is rich in Mexican culture. It's a great vehicle to teach Mexicans and non Mexicans alike about a piece of the culture celebrated by Mexican families. And the belief that no one dies as long as his memory is kept alive by loved ones.

It's also simply a great story and the last movie that will come from the old Disney/Pixar studios. Future movies like The Incredibles 2 will be produced by the new Pixar Films.

I loved Coco. It's a film that actually portrays Mexican people as real people and a real traditional family, rather than as servants or a laborers. The family in Coco are shoe makers and they have a family business that has been passed down through the generations. These are Mexicans that I know.

Coco is rated PG and has a run time of 1 hour and 49 minutes. It's a little bit intense and emotional for small children. (My 6 year old grand daughter cried at the end.) However, it still gets a high rating on my "Hollywood Popcorn Scale". I rate Coco a JUMBO.

Hollywood Hernandez

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