Movie Review: “Coco” Is So Good You’ll Slap Your Abuelita – But You Better Not!

“...the unfolding of the story is a delightful education in the richness of the Latin culture mixed with sassy, Spanish humor.”


 

Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to work out the mystery.

Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) loves to play guitar, but he can only play in secret because his great-great-grandmother’s heart was broken by a musician and she forbade her family from ever allowing music into her home again. But Miguel’s family is busy preparing for Dia de Los Muertos and Miguel’s abuelita (Renee Victor) rules the roost with her chancletas. No music is NO musica! Miguel has to choose: his passion for music or his place in his family.

That is the conflict of the plot, but the unfolding of the story is a delightful education in the richness of the Latin culture mixed with sassy, Spanish humor. From lavish decorations to piles of food to cherishing the memories of our ancestors to the traditions and beliefs behind Dia de Los Muertos, “Coco” is simply unspeakably wonderful. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll crave frijoles and family. And you’ll want to go home and hug all of your tios and tias and abuelitos and mamas and papas. It’s a great story of fighting for your dreams and finding out where you belong. Don’t miss this beautiful story.

Also, be sure to take your abuelita.

In theaters Wednesday, November 22nd


 

Jeanne Antoinette

Raised in the gypsy wanderings of two ex-Mennonites who dared to question traditional thought, Jeanne continues her family legacy – usually by asking [too] many questions and constantly exploring outside the box. She has lived in 11 states and has 11 college transcripts, which humorously combine to make her seem overqualified, but also minimally credentialed. She loves libraries, linguistics, singing, and of course, writing. Her passion, at its core, is about communication and connection through storytelling. Jeanne is currently practicing the art of “staying” in San Antonio, along with her two children.

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