Coco

By Angie Raphael

4 stars

With great animation and a heartfelt story that will make some viewers weep, Coco is one of the best family films of the year. Miguel Rivera (Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of being a musician like his hero Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt), but for generations his family has banned all music. One day, Miguel accidentally winds up in the colourful Land of the Dead and goes on a journey with down-on-his-luck musician Hector (Gael Garcia Bernal) to find his great-great-grandfather. Some of the other familiar voices include Jaime Camill as Miguel's father and Renee Victor as his Abuelita. Directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina, the film is essentially about the importance of family and remembering loved ones after they are gone. Despite its predictability, there are some very moving moments, as audiences have surely come to expect from a Pixar film. Coco also shows young audiences some of the Mexican culture, including the music, language, folklore and customs.


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