Issac’s review published on Letterboxd:
I had a dream about my grandma the other day and I thought to myself, “what better way to continue this memory than to watch a movie that reminds me so much of her.” So I got on Netflix and decided to give this a watch and once the film started, I had to try so hard to hold back my tears (it didn’t work since the tears still came out).
Seeing Miguel’s relationship with his Mamá Coco is so beautiful and relatable, it makes me miss those nights walking to my grandma’s and spending all that time with her, telling her about my day, my interests, my thoughts (just like how Miguel does it in the beginning).
Not only is the film beautiful with the visuals and the story but being able to use the Mexican culture and Dia de los Muertos as the root of it all while showing the importance and tragedy of separating families, it makes the whole film not only sad, but original, unique, and it all works so well from beginning to end. It’s also a wonderful feeling to see the main characters and supporting characters that look like me, my family, my girlfriend; just from the way they look, the way they act, the way they talk while being played by actual Mexican, Hispanic, and Latin actors/actresses. I wouldn’t have thought that would be possible in a Disney film nor Pixar but the fact that they did that, it’s amazing.
Coco never fails to remind me of how wonderful my heritage is and it makes me proud to be who I am and where I come from. In fact, watching this a second time, through all those tears and laughs, I just had to put it in my top 4. It is honestly a film I can’t get tired of and can’t stop loving. If my grandma were still around, I would show her this film without a doubt (in Spanish of course).
Now I have my dream to back this up, but the ending is also a great reminder that those we loved and lost are still there with us in real life one way or another. To love us and to watch over us, no separation here, as there shouldn’t be.