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