Saturday, February 24, 2018

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Coco draws large audiences over the holiday weekend

A packed theater for the movie Coco. Children patiently waited for the movie to start. Each child received a small popcorn and drink. Photo by Alaina Adakai

Directors: Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina (co-director)

Writers: Original story by Lee Unkrich, Jason Katz, Matthew Aldrich, & Adrian Molina; Screenplay by Matthew Aldrich, & Adrian Molina

Stars: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt

Producer: Pixar Films

The blockbuster animated film, Coco, has taken the U.S. by storm. The film is beautifully animated and musically delicious, and at its heart is a powerful message of family and honoring one’s culture.

The protagonist, Miguel Rivera, is a young boy with dreams of becoming a musical legend like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Miguel comes from an industrious and tight-knit family that values hard work, traditions and family.

Because of life choices made by Miguel’s great-great grandfather, the Rivera family banned all things music from their lives. The family built a shoe empire and wants Miguel to follow the family tradition of being a shoemaker, but Miguel struggles to do this because of his aspirations of becoming a singer.

Soon Miguel finds himself in the Land of the Dead on Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead). Miguel teams up with an outcast named Hector and the two set off on a spectacular adventure, meeting Mexican cultural idols such as Frida Khalo and El Santo.

Miguel soon realizes the importance of his family’s teachings and honoring his culture and traditions. He also realizes how important it is to honor oneself.

The film is filled with wonderful songs, indigenous beliefs of life after death, and spirit guides. The last moments of the film pull at the heartstrings and remind us how important it is to remember our ancestors.

Family and culture are at the heart of this magical film.