Last year’s Oscar winner for Best Animated Film was this film that I’m dedicating this post; Coco. And for good reason. A few years ago the animated movie that was all the rage was Inside Out so of course, I wanted to watch it. When I finally did I was overwhelmingly underwhelmed. The movie didn’t catch my interest as much as I imagined and the emotional moments were almost laughably unemotional. It was so awful in fact that I didn’t finish it. So, since then, I watch critically-acclaimed children’s movies with little expectations so I won’t be too disappointed and that’s how I went into my viewing of Coco.
It was all the talk last year and I could only hope that it would be as good as everyone said it was. Um…it was!!! And more.
Coco follows the story of a young boy whose love for music takes him on a magical journey to the Land of the Dead where he embarks on an utterly riveting adventure. While there was a lot of marketing buzz around Coco I’m glad that I didn’t know the plot of the film so I could watch with fresh eyes and emotions.
Through the first half of the movie, I was definitely engaged in the story for its interesting storyline and beautiful cultural magnificence. Before this movie, I didn’t really know anything about the Day of the Dead or its significance to those who celebrate it but now, after this film, I think it’s an utterly beautiful holiday.
As I said before, the first half of the film was already enjoyable but it wasn’t until a shocking twist that I definitely didn’t see coming in the second half of the story that I truly realized how magnificent this movie was.
Let me warn you now. If you watch Coco be prepared to have plenty of tissues because this film released the waterworks on multiple occasions. It’s rare to watch a movie and not see a certain twist coming but this movie just kept dishing out the twists that took me on an emotional rollercoaster.
By the end of the film, I was a weeping, applauding mess. And that song “Remember Me” is Disney gold. It’s SUCH a beautiful song. Oh my goodness.