Disney-Pixar’s COCO hits theaters today – November 22, 2017! It’s a very heart-warming story, with excellent family values.
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.
Disney-Pixar has done it again with fabulous graphics, colorful imagery and a heart-warming story line that is unforgettable! There are so many great messages within this film; Family first, never forget about your loved ones, forgive family, and show love to the elderly – they certainly can remember what’s important, even if they appear to be mentally “gone.”
Without spoiling the movie, we will reveal that there is a surprising plot twist – which is sure to please the audience! This makes the storyline all the better! The last 20 minutes of the movie wraps everything up beautifully.
The Kid Factor
Children of all ages can certainly handle this film. There isn’t any bad language, violence or gore. Yes, there are skeleton characters throughout the film, but they aren’t visually frightening. Part of the storyline revolves around the Day of the Dead – Día de Muertos – a Mexican holiday which focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. Disney-Pixar did a good job of showing how the Mexican/Hispanic culture holds these traditions, however, in reality the Day of the Dead can hold Satanic ramifications – so there are those mixed messages to deal with if you or your child look further into this form of celebration. Staying true to their fantastic fictional storylines, Disney-Pixar also portrays the story in a fun-sense, so that most kids know there isn’t really a “land of the dead” as the movie portrays – it’s all part of a fun, fictional adventure. The messages woven throughout the film are what’s important for everyone to pick up on! Children will hopefully pick up on the fact that loving their grandparents & great-grandparents, and showing them respect, is what’s important in life! Everything else comes second to family.
Disclaimer: We received complimentary tickets to see Disney-Pixar’s Coco in advance in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own. No other compensation was received.