We just saw Disney•Pixar’s COCO last night, and it is my pleasure to share this spoiler-free Movie Review and bonus recipe for delicious Pan de Muerto & Hot Chocolate – just in time for Thanksgiving. So, plop into a comfy spot for a few moments and check out my thoughts on this latest family-focused movie.
Coco is a heartfelt adventure that takes place within the mystical cultural tapestry of color and sound deep within Latin American culture. Miguel is on a quest to find his idol, the world-famous musician Ernesto de la Cruz. The dynamic shades of bright hues and Latin American songs pulled us along Miguel’s journey into the Land of the Dead. We enjoyed the movie and were especially intrigued with the rich cultural aspects illustrating the ‘Day of the Dead’ festival. I encourage your family to see Coco, and experience a different world.
As a Japanese and American cultural educator, I often have to find creative ways of introducing and explaining parts of life. The most effective way is total immersion. The more senses involved in demonstrating a concept, the better. Disney and Pixar usually create stories and experiences to whisk you away on an emotional trip, and Coco is delightful addition to their line-up.
There are many aspects of this movie that will entertain and educate audiences of all ages: the talented cast, magical characters, the music and singing style, appreciating different stages of life/aging, and understanding the meaning of family.
Family Viewing Disclaimer (1/low – 5/high scale):
My 12-year old daughter and I were dazzled with this cultural movie, that introduced us to a different view of life (actually more death, and the after-life). Be prepared to discuss topics like death, family obligation, guilt and family support.
1 – SEX/NUDITY – The trailer shows how shapely the women are depicted.
2 – VIOLENCE/GORE – Skeletons fall apart and put themselves back together. A few skeletons remove their heads and replace them. Creatures include: a giant jaguar/griffin breathes blue fire, a screeching fire-breathing monkey, and a few long dragons with wings and fiery breath. A man dies when he is crushed by a bell in a live concert. One man poisoned the other man with a glass of whiskey; the victim doubles up in pain on a street and collapses, dead, and when we see the men as skeletons again, one says, “You poisoned me!”
2 – PROFANITY – Name-calling (crazy, loco, stupid, dumb, devil-box, chorizo, rat, coward, monkey, selfish boneheaded jerks), exclamations (heck, shoot, shame on you).
I can’t wait to hear what you think of this movie? Especially those of my readers who are more familiar with Latin American culture. What are your thoughts?
BONUS: click to download and enjoy these recipes and activities
Looking for more about Coco? Check out my other sneak peeks:
- “Mira Mira, Coco Featurette and Clip”
- “Fun Printable Disney•Pixar’s Coco Activity Pages”
- “Pixar Announces Olaf Short to Join Coco”
COCO opens in theatres everywhere on November 22nd!