So because I am for sure certain that others haven’t seen the movie yet, I will not give out any spoilers. I will instead tell you how the movie affected me and my family. We went to see it on Saturday night (December 16). We had a full day that day. My son had a play date over that day, and just with some running around, we were looking forward to some family time.
Well one of the first things you will notice is that the movie is super colorful. Its eye-catching and that alone kept my 3-year-old engaged. The movie is about a young man named Miguel who wants to become a singer. His family has banned music and all of its influences. He wants to sing so bad that he ends up in the Land of the Dead to get a blessing from his family. So the beat marches on to see how this will end for Miguel. The adventure is all over the place. I loved it. The kids loved it. Now to the part you need to know:
- There is a lot of reference to the dead. If you are not comfortable and wanting to have this conversation with the little people you may take with you, this isn’t the movie for you. It can still be enjoyed beyond death but since the whole movie is around it, just be on alert!
- If you or your child has recently lost someone this can be a movie that helps or aids in healing. It really helped my kids in expressing the pain of losing their grandmother. I didn’t expect that response but crying is good for the soul, right?!
- It was good to see Mexican culture in a positive light. I loved everything about it
- It was long enough to catch my attention and hold it but not too overwhelming long.
- It got standing ovation and the movie came out Thanksgiving day, and it’s still has a great impact on the crowds that are viewing it.
Now I am not a big crier but I will tell you this, seeing my 8-year-old with so much emotion got me. I mean she was crying and she doesn’t cry that often either. I could not help but to be moved. It helped us as parents as we were overcome with emotion to openly discuss her feelings. This is why I have to say if you have kids that are of age but don’t want to open this emotional well, then be cautious, view it yourself first.
All in all this movie was solid, it had romance, drama, adventure, and culture. This is a must see with the right audience. My younger daughter didn’t tap into the emotional parts of the movie. However my older two, ages 6 and 8 definitely understood. We all needed to keep Mom-Mom continually in our hearts. I have a feeling that her memory will be here in our hearts forever!