Review by Denise Salcedo, Red Carpet Report Entertainment Reporter follow her on Twitter @_DeniseSalcedo
Coco brilliantly showed the power of family and love in Disney’s newest animated adventure.
The story follows a young boy, Miguel who wishes he could be like the world famous Ernesto de la Cruz and play his music to the world. However, music in his family has been strictly prohibited for decades after his great-great-grandfather left his wife and child to chase his musical dream.
Miguel gets fed up with not being able to follow his dream of becoming a musician that he runs away in order to seize his moment and make his dream a reality. To do so, he has to steal a guitar in order to perform in a contest. However, in the midst of attaining the guitar, he accidentally gets transported to the Land of the Dead.
In the Land of the Dead he meets his relatives who have passed, finally meets his musical idol and discovers the truth and importance of family.
Disney Pixar did an incredible job of portraying Mexican culture and Mexican characteristics. The setting of both the living and the Land of the Dead was visually pleasing, bright and colorful.
The bilingual verbiage used by the characters displayed the nature of the Spanglish in a funny way that added a lot to the movie.
Some personal favorites on Coco were the tiny quirks that Mexicans do such as the scene when the grandmother fills Miguel’s plate with tamales, when the grandmother yells but still lovingly embraces her grandson and how the grandmother uses her sandal to hit one of the mariachi players.
In fact, Coco really nailed the strength and significance of grandmother’s in a comedic manner. Which aside from the main character Miguel the grandmother was one of the most interesting characters in the film.
Another fun aspect of Coco is the feature of notable Mexican symbols like El Santo, famous Mexican luchador, Frida Kahlo, the iconic painter and many others that also made cameos.
Coco keeps you enthralled with its fast-moving storyline and really entertains and keeps you in your seat waiting to see what’s going to pop up on the screen next.
Coco was released a month earlier in Mexico and had already become the top-grossing movie. Coco perfectly portrayed Mexican culture in a beloved way that many will enjoy.
Coco is out everywhere in theaters November 22nd.
Rated 8 out of 10
Disney/Pixar’s Coco opens in theatres in 3D November 22
Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). 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 (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. Directed by Lee Unkrich, co-directed by Adrian Molina and produced by Darla K. Anderson, Disney•Pixar’s “Coco” opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2017.