Coco: A Review

***Contains Spoilers***


Pixar Animation Studios / Walt Disney Pictures

Jazmine Jean-Simon, Staff Writer

Coco is a coming-of-age motion picture, which is centered around Mexican 12-year-old Miguel Rivera (Anthony Gonzalez), who is an aspiring musician. He idols the late, great Ernesto De La Cruz (Benjamin Bratt). However, his family’s hate for music confuses Miguel as he chases his dream of music while trying to please his family. On the night of the Mexican holiday Dios De Los Muertos, he travels to the Land of the Dead with new friend, Hector (Gael Garcia Bernal) to get Ernesto De La Cruz’s blessing to become a musician. Miguel must decide what’s the most important thing in life or he will be forgotten in the Land of the Dead.

Coco was released on November 22, 2017. It was directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina. It was produced by Darla K. Anderson. Coco was distributed by Walt Disney Studios and Pixar Animation Studios. So far, the movie has made about $290 million the first 2 weeks. It has gotten many positive reviews, like an 8.9 out of 10 from IMDb. Rotten tomatoes gave it a 96% rating. Common Sense Media’s Sandie Angulo Chen stated, “Colorful, beautifully animated, and culturally sensitive, “Coco” is and affecting, multilayered coming-of-age drama.”

Coco really has a good plot. I loved all the cultural aspects that were added into the movie. I love how Miguel really went for his dream of music instead of staying back like his parents told him. His rebellious behavior paid off in the end. His family hated music, because of what happened a long time back with his great-great grandfather. They thought he abandoned his family for his music career, but that’s not what happened. He was murdered before he could come back to his family. Ernesto de la Cruz really tricked the entire country for years. His evil behavior and dishonesty ended up catching back up to him the end.

I was glad to see that Hector finally got what he deserved, credit and recognition. Hector and Ernesto de la Cruz were best friends that did music together, before Ernesto got rid of Hector for his songs. At the end, we found out that Hector was Miguel’s great-great grandfather. This movie also showed the reality of what fame can make people do. Ernesto wanted to be famous so bad that he killed his best friend for his music. That’s sad and inconsiderate knowing that Hector had a family back home. I’m glad this aspect was put in a kid’s movie so that children can get an insight on what being dishonest can do to you.

I felt like this movie was a great lesson to any person of any age. I honestly loved it so much, that I plan to go see it again. I would recommend this movie to everyone.