Have You Been to the Land of Dead?


Directed by Lee Unkrich

Release Date: October 27th, 2017 (Mexico)

Main Characters

  • Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez)
  • Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt)
  • Hector (Gael G. Bernal)
  • Mama>>Coco (Sofia Espinosa)
  • Abuelita (Renee Victor)

Coco is a Disney fantasy and mystery movie, directed by Lee Unkrich. This movie wonderfully shows Miguel’s adventure to find his blessings as a musician and goes to the land of death to find his great-grandpa who has it. The main character includes Hector by Gael G. Bernal, Coco by Sofía Espinosa, Ernesto de la Cruz by Benjamin Bratt, Abuelita by Renee Victor, and Miguel by Anthony Gonzalez.  

Coco starts with Miguel, a small boy who wants his musical blessings to be a musician. To be a great musician, he went to the Land of Dead with his illusion and tries to find his great-grandfather, who owns the musical blessing. During the adventure of the Land of Dead, Miguel escapes from his grandmother’s vision because she opposed Miguel to be a musician. Then, Miguel meets Hector, later known as Miguel’s grandfather before Miguel returns to reality. However, as Miguel’s great-grandfather “Ernesto de La Cruz” was the one who killed Hector, and also tried to kill Miguel at the end who knew the secret, but failed. As finding the musical blessing from his grandmother, Miguel returns to reality and sings a song for his mom Coco, who nearly lost the memory. That could have erased Hector permanently out from the Land of Dead. Nonetheless, the song Hector sang to his daughter was Coco, and she still remembered the song her dad used to sing. Then she recalled her memory back and happily lived with the memories she used to be with her family.

Coco is a movie that illustrates great passion from Miguel, who truly showed his sincere mind of being a musician. Taking place in Mexico, the culture, costume, and the infrastructure looks the same as a Mexico’s rural area. The 3D animation also showed more imagination, suitable for kids. This movie displayed great creativity of the land of the dead, showing how dead people are in the world beyond. The movie Coco, evidently shows that Miguel escapes from his grandma to get the musical blessings, and also take risks in the adventure. However, taking risks just to be a musician is a rash challenge for normal people, and that might illustrate that music is more important than life. Also, getting the musical blessings could be made a disgrace and disobedience from his grandmother.

Coco is a movie inspiring the hard adventure to accomplish the goal, and also need to fight many conflicts in the middle of the adventure. Without the spirit of adventure and confidence, Miguel could not have made to get the musical blessings and return his mother’s memory back. Although he had conflicts with Ernesto de la Cruz, soon shows up his old history of malignity. Therefore, Miguel is a substantial boy who accomplished what he desired desperately, and the movie also expressed to take part of the risk and endure it.

Welcome to Casablanca!

Film Review

Nov. 26th 1942

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Film Director

  • Michael Curtiz

Main Actors

  • Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart)
  • Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman)
  • Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid)
  • Captain Renault (Claude Rains)

A classic love triangle between a woman and two lovers, Casablanca, directed by Michael Curtiz in 1942, is an old Hollywood romance. The film takes place in Casablanca, Morocco, during WWII. The main characters are Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), the owner of Rick’s Cafe, Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman), Rick’s former flame and the current wife of Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid), and Captain Renault (Claude Rains), the man in charge of capturing Victor Lazlo. The main summary of the story is about Rick trying to help Ilsa and Victor escape Casablanca from the European forces who are trying to catching them.

Ilsa desperately needed help from Rick to flee out of Casablanca, in order to guarantee her and Victor’s safety. Rick was currently in his conflict about meeting his old flame, and Ilsa asks a favor to Rick for a help. Ilsa’s husband Victor, was a rebel from the Nazi’s and needed to get out of Casablanca to be safe, and Ilsa knows Rick is the only one to help them. Captain Renault was actually in Casablanca to capture Victor and Ilsa. While Victor and Ilsa were desperate of escaping Casablanca, Rick had a great time spending with Ilsa, and she was balancing her love between Rick and Victor.

During World War 2, Europe was not very safe for living, and many people needed to migrate to be safe. Because the Nazi’s conflict between the army and citizens have not yet finished, people were living with fear. Some people wanted to escape Europe, one of the frequent area where war occurred. However, to get off Europe, people needed visas to immigrate. At that time, only riches could afford visas, where the poors need to still the visa, or escape illegally. Casablanca also illustrated the scenario in WWII that shows Ilsa and Victor fleeing from the Nazi to be safe.

In the end, Ilsa and Victor succeeds to escape Casablanca with Rick’s help. The last moment of Ilsa and Rick farewell shows miserableness from Rick, leaving his flame, and mixed emotions from not only the characters in the Casablanca, but also the audiences. One of the moments that tightened our mind was the chase part between Captain Renault and Victor. This movie can be adequate to people who loves both romance and adventure. Casablanca shows deep Romance between a normal person and a rebel, and a woman’s love can control men on her actions.