Tuesday:) Toni’s Two Minute Movie Review: COCO

13 Dec

“We must always follow our dreams because those who came before us made those dreams possible.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything,”

~Plato

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A shivering Chicago afternoon was a perfect time to get out and see a heart warming movie. My sister, her friend, Edith, and I went to a matinee showing of “Coco.” And guess what? Today was free popcorn Tuesday at the Elgin theatre with your rewards card. Yay!

This delightful Pixar Animation Studios production is a must see for all ages. Twelve year old Miguel has music in his soul, but his family has banned all music from their lives because of a painful misunderstanding several generations earlier. Caught up in the magical mystery of the Day of the Dead, Dia de Los Muertos, honoring the relatives who passed away, Miguel is transported into the enchanting and colorful Land of the Dead.

This all might sound scary or strange to some of you, but it really depicts the long honored tradition of remembering our ancestors and keeping them alive in our hearts. Not scary…beautiful.

We sat in the dark, nearly empty theatre, laughing, giggling, with a few tearful moments. I didn’t think I’d need Kleenex for this one, but if you haven’t seen it, make sure you have a tissue handy. They were beautiful sentimental tears. And some of the giggling came from memories only Mexican cultures would understand. But, the common thread was, families are so important and our ancestors should always be honored and remembered.

“We must always follow our dreams because those who came before us made those dreams possible.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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