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Movie Beat: ‘Coco’ one of the year’s best movies
by JENNIFFER WARDELL
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Rated PG for thematic elements

Original story by Lee Unkrich, Jason Katz, Matthew Aldrich and Adrian Molina, screenplay by Adrian Molina and Matthew Aldrich

Directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina

Starring Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach, Renee Victor, Jaime Camil, Alfonso Arau, Ana Ofelia Murguía and more

Grade: Four stars

 

Spend some time with “Coco” this holiday season.

The latest storytelling wonder from Pixar, “Coco” is a beautiful, entertaining, fun and ultimately deeply moving look at the power of family, the love of music, and what it means to truly achieve your dreams. It’s both a wonderful representation of a culture that doesn’t get much play in American movies and a universally approachable story that’s sure to steal your heart. It’s everything we all want a Pixar movie to be and more.

The movie focuses on Miguel, a young boy who dreams of music but was born into a family who doesn’t allow any in the house. In a desperate attempt to prove himself and follow his dream, he ends up accidentally trapped in the Land of the Dead trying to find his one ancestor who loved music. As secrets are revealed and wrongs righted, Miguel and the rest of his family have to decide what’s truly important.

The story that unfolds has several classic elements, but still manages to be something not often seen in animated movies. Though I predicted one of the big plot twists a little before the reveal I completely missed the second, and at the end everything hangs together so perfectly there’s no other way it could have gone.

There were some rumors early on about “Coco” being a knockoff of “The Book of Life,” but that’s definitely not the case. Though they share some of the same themes – a love of music, family, and finding a balance between the two – the stories are delightfully different. The aesthetic similarities come from Mexican culture, and are simply proof that both movies are faithful to the cultures they represent.

That aesthetic is only one of the ways that “Coco” is an incredibly gorgeous movie. The lines are crisp, the colors are brilliant, the textures are lush, and the level of detail makes you want to immerse yourself in almost every background. The Land of the Dead is an absolute delight, with a wonderfully inventive range of spirit guides and a host of creative nuances, but the same beauty and attention to detail are also present in the more mundane living world as well.

The Day of the Dead celebration represented in the movie was both a delight to see and a powerful representation of what the holiday truly means. Even Utah families who don’t follow the traditions themselves will be touched by the strong emphasis on love and the importance of family.

It helps that the characters are adorable. The family has a completely understandable reason for hating music, and it’s clear they love Miguel even if they don’t understand him. Miguel is both sweet and stubborn, wonderful even though he isn’t perfect, and Hector balances his comedy with an inherent dignity and heartache. Even supporting characters who aren’t onscreen for very long get lovely grace notes of humor and emotion.

Despite the fact that several of the characters are skeletons, this is exactly the sort of emotional, heartwarming family movie that’s perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas or any other time of year. 

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Hailey Nichole Buh
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1990-2017 Hailey Nichole Buh passed away on Saturday, November 18, 2017, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Kanosh, Millard County, Utah. Hailey was born on October 1, 1990, in Salt Lake City, to Gary and Kimberly (Holbrook) Buh. Hailey was only 27 when she died, and words cannot come close to explaining the loss of a child—the loss of a wonderful daughter, sister, grandchild, niece, cousin, loved one, mother, and friend. Parents are not supposed to be the ones left behind. They want their children to be the ones who will stand one day and express how much their parents will be missed. Hailey always wanted to be the mother of a large family, and she fiercely loved her two children, and also the three children of her fiancée, Andre. It is difficult to understand why Hailey was taken from this earth when she was so needed. Her children did not have the opportunity to spend enough time with her, but everyone who cared about Hailey can help by continuing to love and support her children, her brother Hayden, and her family. She had great compassion for others and spent countless hours in the hospital when her uncle Jared was ill and her grandpa J.Dell was injured. She just knew that they needed comfort, and she gave it without thought. So many people have reached out since Hailey’s death. They want her family to know how important she was in their lives. They want her children to know she was a fierce “Momma Bear” who would do anything for them. Hailey leaves behind her fiancée, Andre Thomas Boyd; her two precious children: Demarion Hope 9, and Dreyah Gilson 5, and Andre’s three children, Leilani 10, Paityn 6, and Callie 2; devoted parents Kimberly Holbrook and Curtis Holt; her father, Gary Buh; her beloved brother, Hayden; grandparents, J.Dell and Jacqueline Holbrook and Michael and Karla Buh; valued loved ones: Russell Gilson, and Antonio Hope; her uncles: Jonathan (Jennifer) Holbrook, Ben Holbrook, Jerid (Jennifer) Buh; her aunts: Jeannie (Jeff) Fleig, Catherine (Spencer) Clark, Melissa (Jason) Reese; cousins: Jonathan, Abigail, Hannah, Truman, Dylan, Mya, Spencer, Jaxon, Porter (deceased), and Holden (deceased); additional cousins; and countless friends. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Lindquist’s Bountiful Mortuary, 727 N. 400 East where friends may visit family Friday, November 24, 2017, from 6 to 8 P.M., and Saturday, Nov. 25 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. prior to services. Interment will be at Lakeview Memorial Cemetery, 1640 East Lakeview Dr., Bountiful. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in behalf of her children to America First Credit Union in the name of Hailey Nichole Buh, Memorial Fund: Account # 9098492. Payment Options: Visit any branch; on-line transfer of funds if a member; or call 1-800-999-3961. The family extends a special thank you to all who were a part of Hailey’s life. Please reach out to share your memories, so her children will grow to understand how many lives Hailey touched in the short time she was here. Condolences may be shared at www.lindquistmortuary.com or email your stories to haileybuhmemories@gmail.com.
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