By pretty much all accounts, Pixar's Coco, which made its U.S. debut last week right in time for the long Thanksgiving weekend, is a winner. The film showcases Mexico's Día de los Muertos (or Day of the Dead) with vibrant animation and, of course, strong and catchy scoring that's essential to its premise: Coco tells the story of Miguel, a 12-year-old aspiring guitarist who ultimately explores his uncontrollable passion for music alongside his deceased ancestors when he accidentally visits the Land of the Dead itself. Anyone who hit the theater to see Coco over the weekend is probably still humming some of the songs. Especially the one that captured audiences' hearts at the very end. So, what is the end credits song in Coco, anyhow?
The Coco soundtrack as a whole is replete with gems, and those audience members who just can't get the delightful tunes out of their heads can revisit it again by purchasing the CD or streaming it on Spotify. They're also worth a couple hundred more listens, obviously, but some may find themselves opting to skip to the one from the very end, "Remember Me," over and over and over again. And, honestly, considering the powerhouse talent that collaborated to make the song a reality, that's absolutely no surprise at all.
According to Entertainment Weekly, "Remember Me" is a bolero ranchero-style song, and it just may be the signature song of the film. Considering the effortless code-switching it employs, gliding between English and Spanish, that's more than fitting. And the lyrics are at once poignant, beautiful, a little sad, and hopeful, too:
Remember me / Though I have to say goodbye / Remember me / Don't let it make you cry / For even if I'm far away I hold you in my heart / I sing a secret song to you each night we are apartRemember me / Though I have to travel far / Remember me/Each time you hear a sad guitar / Know that I'm with you the only way that I can be / Until you're in my arms again / Remember me
In the movie, the song belongs to Benjamin Bratt's character, Ernesto de la Cruz, according to Entertainment Weekly. It was written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, the Oscar winner who helped to make 2013's Frozen a reality. One version is performed by Miguel and Natalia Lafourcade.
Perhaps due in part to its stellar soundtrack, Coco has proved itself to be a critical and box office success. According to The Washington Post, the film raked in $71.2 million in the United States in the five days since its Nov. 22 debut in the country. At box offices worldwide, it's earned $153.4 million. And many critics are basically blown away by it, with Los Angeles Film Critics Association President Claudia Puig writing a glowing review, according to Remezcla:
Pixar's ode to Día de Muertos is exquisitely full of life. Coco is a joyous, and surprisingly reverent celebration of all things Mexicano. Nearly everything about it is breathtaking, from its eye-popping visual splendor to its warmly beating heart. The vibrant colors, rousing music, and moving story ... exuberantly celebrate the traditions, music and spirituality of Mexico.
It's clear that, anyone of any age who didn't see Coco over the long Thanksgiving weekend might definitely wanna hit up a theater. It showcases an impressive celebration of Mexican culture, Pixar's signature engaging storylines and lovable characters, vibrant animation, and more. And it certainly won't hurt that it will leave you with a happy tune tumbling around in your head. No wonder audiences are flocking to it, and that some are even scooping up the soundtrack.
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