“We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.”
– Chuck Palahniuk
I want to remembered as a kind soul. A person who helps other when they are stuck. I want people to marvel in the way that I put other first, show kindness and consideration. I want people to know I’m not perfect, but my heart is big. I want to be remembered for the way I put a smile on someones face or brightened someone’s day. The kind of person who people thrive off when they were around me. One who is deeply sensitive, intuitive, but wise. Open arms always to give a warm hug or an ear ready to listen to your problems. I want to be remembered as Mother, wife, friend, good employee and lover. The one who was seen as a role model because she had such a caring soul.
When we die, what happens? Our bodies are buried, but where do our spirits go? According to many religions, our spirits spend eternity in Heaven, however in most Southern and Central areas of Mexico, they can return to the ancestors on the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos). This day occurs around midnight on October 31, when the gates of Heaven open and deceased children and adults can return to their loved ones for 24 hours. Alters with their pictures and huge feasts are prepared in anticipation of their arrival.
Despite his family’s generations-old ban on music, young Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead. After meeting a charming trickster named Hector, the two new friends embark on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.
Coco was an emotional roller coaster about music, family and responsibility. The movie did a fantastic job of describing the Day of the Dead tradition, a child’s desire to become a musician despite his family’s wishes, and the power of unconditional love. Through bright colours, funny characters (Dante, the dog) and catchy music, will have singing along in no time!
The topic of death can always be a tricky one for children, and I worried that this would affect my children. When Miguel first ‘crossed’ over accidentally, death became a beautiful thing. The skeletons were drawn in such away that they were friendly and loving. It was easy to relate them to Miguel’s relatives that had past. That being said, your heart strings were taken on an emotional roller coaster. One minute you are laughing and singing and the next you are presented with a skeleton that is forgotten forever. It is a beautiful coming of age story where Miguel must fight to understand that power and importance of family and how that truly the only way to survive.
COCO is released in Canada on November 22, 2017! I highly recommend grabbing the family, a box of tissues and some popcorn for an entertaining night out!