Kids' Movie Review: Coco


Going to the movies as a child is an unforgettable adventure. The whole experience from start to finish is as exciting as anything else our young brains could imagine. In the lobby of a theater you can see it in the kids. Their bodies start pulsing with energy and they bounce around with huge smiles stretching their mouths wide! Still, it might be helpful to know a little bit about what to expect at some of the most popular kids’ movies of the season. Because, from the parents’ side, it might not be so exciting. The whole production of simply getting to the movie theater, getting through the ticket-line and the concession-line, and then getting the kids into their seats and to stay in their seats – it can be exhausting! Preparation goes a long way towards a smoother movie trip overall. And there are even options beyond the traditional movie-going experience that might be just what your family needs. If you’ve got a little one with needs, there’s always the concern of how they will experience the movie. There’s the worry that whatever movie you’ve chosen to see might not be all it’s cracked up to be. It might be scarier or sadder than expected, or it might go over the little ones’ heads. Epilepsy warnings and motion sickness notwithstanding, some movies are just a little too much for some kiddos, regardless of their level of needs. Let’s take a look at one of this season’s most beloved family movies: Pixar’s Coco. What’s It About?

Pixar’s Coco is by far the best kids’ film on the menu right now. The trailers and Pixar’s track record alone make it stand out from the crowd. With a multitude of children’s movies that dumb down their themes and humor until they’re almost unwatchable from an adult perspective, it’s a refreshing change to experience a kids’ movie that is equally as enjoyable for us as for the kiddos. And Coco definitely achieves that balance.

Advertised as a light-hearted adventure through a Día de los Muertos themed underworld, Coco’s trailers echoed an earlier kids’ film called Book of Life in many respects. However, although the movies begin in a similar fashion and are stylistically similar simply because of their setting, they are completely different in story and execution. Where Book of Life was a movie that centered very strongly on a romantic love that overcame literal death, Coco addresses themes of family, ambition, greed, grief, and compromise.

Miguel, a young boy living with his family in Mexico in the not-too-distant past, grows up on the stories of his great-great-grandfather’s unforgivable abandonment of his great-great-grandmother and their daughter Coco, his great-grandmother. It was his great-great-grandfather’s pursuit of fame as a musician that drew him away, and because it was music that tore them apart, the Rivera family has rejected it, and e