Once again, Pixar has outdone themselves with their newest Box Office hit, Coco. Last Saturday night, my boyfriend and his family (who are Mexican-American) went to see the movie and were completely in awe of the storyline, the detail of the characters and colorful scenes, and the realness they captured and portrayed of the Mexican Culture and the importance of family values!
I had no idea what to expect before going into the theatre other then the fact that Coco was about the Day of the Dead which is celebrated in Mexico while also following the story of a little boy. After watching the movie, I have to say, Coco is one of my new favorite Pixar and Disney movies ever and I am pretty sure I am not the only one who thinks that! Coco has a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and has grossed over 26.1 Million dollars in sales since its release!
To give you a bit of an overview, Coco follows the story of a young boy named Miguel, who is passionately in love with music and wants to follow his dreams of playing the guitar like his beloved idol, Ernesto de la Cruz, even though his family has a generations-old ban on music and anything to do with it. With his whole family against him and his dream, Miguel runs away to prove his talent to his family and ends up in the colorful world of the Land of the Dead! Miguel learns more about his families history and meets a charming trickster named Hector and uncovers the real meaning of family. (I am trying so hard not to give anything away!)
I think it is amazing that Pixar was able to feature the importance of Family, Life, Death, and cultural all in one movie and have it all flow together so nicely. Especially since Pixar’s main audience is children. I also am beyond pleased with how they pictured and portrayed the Mexican culture. Throughout the movie, I could hear my boyfriend and his family whisper about how the town looked so familiar and how relatable it was for them. All of those little details add to the movie and help make it what it is!
One of my favorite characters from Coco was Dante,
the Xolo dog which is a tribute to Frida Kahlo! Dante was extremely cute and I loved that his tongue hung out from his mouth! His connection to Miguel is so heartwarming and made me think of my fur babies! It probably doesn’t help that I love dogs so much so my love for him isn’t really that big of a surprise!
Of course Pixar included hidden Easter Eggs through the movie and I am proud to say that I was able to catch a few! You can spot the Pizza Planet Truck on the street when Miguel is running and at the start of the movie, you can see Piñatas of Buzz LightYear, Woody, Mike Wazowski and a few other characters! I love finding the Easter Eggs and will be on the lookout for more the next time I watch it!
I have yet to visit Mexico, (I also have yet to get my Passport) but I have seen thousands of pictures and have heard hundreds of stories and from my perception., I feel like it properly portrayed the streets and people of Mexico! Now there are people pointing out flaws that the movie had but I honestly didn’t see any and don’t care to find out what they are. Instead of focusing on the negative aspects, I rather enjoy all of the positive elements of the movie!
I highly recommend everyone to see Coco! You do not have to be Hispanic or Mexican to enjoy this movie which I feel is important to say as some people think that you have to be, in order to see this film. I honestly can’t wait to watch it again and again and again!!