Fresh off of winner two Oscars at the Academy Awards, now is the perfect time to pick up Coco. If you haven’t seen the film, it ranks right up there with Pixar’s best and signals the return of the Disney owned studio from their recent dip in form. We were actually fortunate to see the film while we were on a Disney cruise in the Caribbean, and even with a group of tired and sunburned cruisers the movie still got a standing ovation.
What I love about the movie is that the film works hard to display how much family means to a Hispanic household. Even though the movie is set in Mexico any Latino can commiserate with many of the scenes especially with the relationship between Miguel (the little boy protagonist) and his Grandmother and Great Grandmother. I also enjoyed that we finally got to understand truly what the Day of the Dead means in Mexico. On top of that, there is the beautiful visuals that always come with a Pixar movie and you have a recipe for a great film. Even more importantly the entire cast was Latino which gave the movie so much more authenticity. With the success of Black Panther as well as this film, one can hope that things are changing so that my sons will soon see people that look like them more often in the films that they love.
Just recently the move was released for DVD/Blu ray and digital so it is perfect time to watch it with your family. The extras even take you deeper into the Land of the Dead as well as the full back story in the creation of the movie.
I can’t say enough of how important and enjoyable Coco was and will be as we continue to watch it over the years.
Disclosure: We received a review copy of the film for the purposes of this post.