In honor of Dia de los Muertos and the snow day, I decided to watch Pixar’s Coco on Netflix. Going into this movie, I had low expectations. I thought it was going to be too childish for my taste. Just like the rest of Pixar classics, this movie defies age. It can appeal and even force a tear out of everyone.
Coco is a story about Miguel and his struggle to become a musician during the Day of the Dead holiday. Things quickly go south when Miguel decides to steal the guitar from the beloved musician Ernesto de la Cruz. As soon as he plucks the strings, he phases to the Undead World. Miguel’s mission suddenly changes. He needs to find an ancestor’s blessing before sun rises and he gets trapped among the dead.
Overall, I’m giving this movie a fresh rating. Part of why I love this movie so much is how Spanish culture assimilated into the movie. It’s not done in an offensive or stereotypical way, but as a means to educate people on the holiday. Since we live in such a diverse country, I think it’s important that we learn about and accept our differences.