Among the movies lined up to show this month, I was looking forward to watching Coco. I’m a sucker for animated films. The cute characters, the music, the jokes. I love everything about them so Coco was no exception. I had the chance to watch the film the other day and I was not disappointed. If you haven’t already seen it, here are some reasons why you should catch it (warning, some spoilers ahead). If you have watched it, did you enjoy these details too?
The plot of the movie is focused on Dia de los Muertos or the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead. Aside from Miguel traveling to the land of the dead, the film brings to light the different traditions and beliefs in Mexican culture. They show how the families decorate altars with photos, flowers, and their favorite food. Families also make paths of flowers to their home so their passed relatives can find their way.
Celebrating the day of the dead isn’t a dark time, here they show how festive it can be. Here, they showed this with the use of colorful flowers and decorations. The film also depicted the land of the dead as a bright place. They were also able to incorporate some scenes with Frida Kahlo and what her work would look like with skeletons and a papaya.
If you’ve seen the trailer, you know that there’s a musical factor to Coco. What it didn’t delve into is how Miguel is faced with a choice: family or music. His family hates music and has banned all members from pursuing it. Miguel, however, loves music so he has to hide it from his family. As the movie progresses you’ll see how he fights for his passion, no matter what it takes.
Focusing on the day of the dead, they also show the importance of family. How you have to take care of one another, pass down legacies of those who are no longer with us, and keep their memory alive. You’ll also see Miguel’s struggle between his love for music and his family.
Dante isn’t the only cute companion in Coco. The land of the dead is filled with spirit guides or alebrije. They’re creatures that are comprised of different animal parts. One in particular is Pepita who is a mix of a jaguar, eagle, and lizard. She also has bright, almost glowing fur. Who else wants a spirit guide of their own?
Coco wouldn’t be complete without a few songs here and there. The film doesn’t feature a song every 15 minutes but there a few scenes with singing involved. The one song that did stand out is of course, “Remember Me.” If you’ve seen the movie, you know why. If you haven’t this is another reason to catch it while you still can.
Art by Lara Intong
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