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I’m in love with ‘Mexican Moana’

Monday November 27, 2017 Written by Published in Entertainment
A scene from the movie Coco, which is now screening at Empire Cinema. 17112405 A scene from the movie Coco, which is now screening at Empire Cinema. 17112405

When it was announced that Coco would be the one to follow the amazing film that was Moana, it looked like Disney might have learned all the wrong lessons from the successful Polynesian film.

 

It was as though Disney noticed that telling stories about different cultures could be a cash cow, and that they could mine that treasure trove until it was empty, and then go back to fairy tales and princesses.

But any worries that Coco would just be the Mexican Moana are quickly abandoned, as it stands as one of the best Disney films in the past decade.

Much like the 2016 stunner, a badly-made film could have real world implications on how the Mexican race is perceived.

But Coco is such a lovingly made film that is a must-see.

The film follows Miguel, who grows up in a family of shoemakers, and they all hate music after his great-great grandmother was abandoned by a musician who wanted something more than a loving family.

Miguel, of course, dreams of being a musician, just like the legendary Ernesto de la Cruz, the biggest star in all of Mexico.

On Día de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead), Miguel has a falling out with his family over their music ban, and runs away, only to find himself transported to the Land of the Dead.

It is here that Miguel learns about his family history, Mexican history, and more importantly about himself.

While this is animated movie, on the surface just for children’s, it really is a movie for everyone.

Coco tells adults stories through an adult view, and hits on such topics as family, legacy and passion, all told with such reverence and emotion that you shouldn’t be ashamed if you feel yourself having to fight back tears more than once.

The film could live or die on how successful the character of Miguel is, if the audience cares about him, but he is so endearing, and filled with a youthful naivety that only a child could be, that he easily becomes the star of the film.

Filling out the cast are names that the wider public won’t recognise, but it means that you are able to enjoy the character for the performance that they give, rather than celebrating them because they are voiced by a superstar.

Characters such as Hector, de la Cruz and Mamá Imelda are just a few of the standouts, as well as Dante, the hairless dog that will likely be the children’s favourite.

This movie succeeds on so many levels, but perhaps none better than the music.

All the cast prove they have huge musical talent, and the sound and type of music is incredibly engaging.

The Land of the Dead is also unique, filled with bright colours, colourful characters and exciting sounds that you almost forget that everyone there has passed on.

You get a look at a foreign culture that is treated with the same care and love as the best Disney movies, which is why it deserves a place with the very best.