Disney Pixar's Coco, a love letter to Mexico
We had the opportunity to see Disney Pixar's Coco before anyone else in the UK as we watch it while we were on holiday in San Franciso! And I have to say it was one of the most beautiful movies I have ever seen, it was not only a delight for my eyes but also for my soul.
The story of Coco unfolds during 'El Día de los Muertos', better known as 'Day of the Dead'. The main protagonist is a young boy called Miguel, who dreams of being a world class musician just like his hero- Ernesto de la Cruz. The problem is, his family hate music, and will do anything to stop him playing his guitar!
Miguel decides to enter a talent contest to showcase his musical skills. He attempts to steal the guitar of his hero in order to enter the contest, but in doing so ends up in the land of the dead. He discovers several deceased members of his family here, but requires a blessing from one of them in order to return to the real world. However none of them are able to offer an unconditional blessing, which leads Miguel to team up with Hector- a 'deadbeat' with his own agenda, in order to return!
Seeing the land of the dead brought to life is truely stunning. From the breathtaking shots reavealing the vast landscape, to the alebrijes flying around, Coco is unlike anything seen before!
Pixar has really raised the bar with 'Coco'. Its risky and beautiful and not only aesthetically. It deals with issues such as forgiveness, memory, and legacy with great depth and with fantastic entertainment value.
What would happen if we could reconnect with our deceased relatives? From the colorful Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead, Coco uncovers the mystery of sharing the most extraordinary and surprising family reunion, even with those ancestors who died many years ago.
Coco is an emotionally and visually striking film, which respectfully showcases Mexican tradition and culture.
Coco is out at cinemas now, go see it!
(Keep an eye out for cameos from Frida Kahlo and legendary wrestler El Santo)