The much-anticipated movie “Coco” is a Disney and Pixar animation directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina is now showing in some countries and will be shown to most countries by the last week of November. But even at this moment, it is now making a buzz in the one specific country, the Philippines, as a number of its animators are of Filipino blood and origin.
From the title itself, one may easily say it could be another “Moana” Story because of the coconuts. However, the trailers revealed that it wasn’t about the Samoans but rather, the creators aim to bring its audience into the colorful side of Mexican traditions. Then again, it got its audience giggling thinking perhaps, it is a sequel from the movie “The Book of Life” directed by Jorge R. Gutiérrez.
Both movies revolve around a journey of a living person into the world of the dead in a quest for something during the day of the dead or Día de Los Muertos in Mexico. However, one can never tell how each story unfolds. Some may say there is nothing new in this story as they all come with the same concept. But no, Coco offers a new and different quest for a boy, Miguel, to follow his passion for singing and playing guitar. This passion is a skeleton in his closet because of their family’s mysterious generations ban on music. Something very strange and heartbreaking hinders Miguel from following his dreams and be well known in the music industry just like Ernesto de la Cruz, his most respected music artist.
What seems to be an unbreakable rule, Miguel tossed his fate from a family of a shoemaker to follow his passion in music by accidentally setting himself up into a series of mysterious events in a journey to the world of the dead. In the journey, Miguel together with his living dog meets Hector, a charismatic cheater who needs a living person like Miguel to visit the land of the living and they went off to journey in search of answer about the music ban of Miguel’s family history. Miguel who have a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet his great ancestors who happen to understand the reason behind the music ban.
A passion for a family decision from his great great grandfather who is a musician, choose to leave his family leaving Miguel’s great-great-grandmother Mamá Imelda to raise his great-grandmother, Mamá Coco, alone. The thrill doesn’t end upon unearthing the reason behind music ban as Miguel and his dog should be able to return to the land of the living before the sun rises since this marks the end of Día de Los Muertos.
Will Miguel be able to return to the land of the living or locked up in the land of the dead? Will he be able to follow his dreams or altogether be a skeleton in the closet trapped behind unsuccessful journey?
Set your calendars for your family, friends, and loved ones and enjoy the awesome and amazing world of the dead with “Coco”. For those who are wary of going to the movies though, you can always have the option to rent it out online and watch it at the comfort of your home. Stay well!
A long holiday is fast approaching and perhaps you may be thinking about how you will spend your extra time during your vacation. Before, people either stay at home and watch old movies shown on television or go out and watch a movie on cinema. Now, the internet offers a vast list of movie choices you will be pleased to watch especially with companies broadcasting TV series like NetFlix. Even the word movie marathon is common to those who chose to rather stay at home and watch movies rather than going out.
It’s amazing how our film industry evolved through time. From the time of Charlie Chaplin (the earliest in my recollection though I was not born during its eminence) until today or whatever it has become now, where awesome CG makes the films seem so real. It is truly awe-inspiring and I can say we’ve gone really far.
But one thing that strikes me, again and again, is what we know today as the K-pop. It is a Korean-based fever which includes Korean Drama Series. Korean film industry invests on technology and celebrities who generate huge impact to viewers. But seriously, what is it with the Korean movie style that makes it so popular all over the world?
One thing that makes the Korean film famous is the quality of their cinematography. They maintain high standard quality films using high-definition video cameras and audio technologies. Apart from this, Koreans mastered different kinds of shooting techniques which of course enhance the final output by making the pictures more dramatic. The Korean movies also have unexpected twists in the story that makes it unforgettable to its viewers. Their passion to promote their country’s culture and tourism is very much evident in their movies. Famous movie scenes were promoted and become additional attractions in Korea.
Other than Korean Movies, Indie films or Independent Films also started to make a name in the society. Unlike regular movies, Indie films are usually produced by independent entertainment companies and often have lower budget compared to major studio outfits. In fact, you may not believe but maybe one of your favorite movies is actually an Indie Film. Take for example the famous Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles which garnered $100 Million dollars in the United States in the year 1990 and considered the most successful Indie film. More successful Indie films are Castle Rock, The Shawshank Redemption and The Mask which one may actually believe to come from a major studio.
Nowadays, animated films also capture an ample number of viewers all over the world because of the artistry and animation techniques which makes it more interesting and entertaining to watch like Kubo and the Two Strings which is from the US.
For this yuletide season, are you ready to join the marathon of watching movies? Come on, why not?