Watch Read Listen

Our favorite shows, books, and music to empower a positive lifestyle

The Dual Meaning of Coco’s “Remember Me”

Pixar’s Coco wowed audiences and critics after its release in late 2017, bringing a charming story to the screen while also paying homage to Mexican culture through its characters and themes. Coco went on to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Film and Best Original Song with “Remember Me”, which in my opinion captures the spirit of the film.

How so, you might ask? Well let’s take a look at the plot of the film. Miguel is a young boy born into a family of shoemakers, but has dreams of being a musician despite his family’s disapproval. His musical idol, the late Ernesto de la Cruz, inspires Miguel’s passion for guitar, and eventually sparks the decision to seize his moment as a musician and performer.

De la Cruz’s magnum opus, “Remember Me “, was ironically performed before his shocking death, which in turn made the song the ultimate tribute to his career and legacy as one of Mexico’s greatest musicians of all time.

Miguel constantly refers to De la Cruz, and during hard times he looks back to his idol’s career to motivate him to pursue music. Of course, this gets the young Miguel in trouble later on. On the night of the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), Miguel runs away from his family and accidentally gets transported to the Land of the Dead.

He eventually runs into his family members from the distant past, and they’re able to bring him back to the Living World with their blessing. However, this only comes under one condition: no more music. Miguel has to make a choice between his passion for music, or his family.

Now, without spoiling the rest of the movie and plot, we’ll jump straight to the importance of “Remember Me”. A song that initially was the symbol for Miguel’s inspiration of De la Cruz takes on an even deeper meaning at the film’s close. “Remember Me” becomes the song that Miguel sings to remember and honor his family members who have passed away, which circled back to the central reason the Mexican people celebrate Dia de los Muertos.

I think we all can agree that following our dreams and passions is important advice we should live by, but at the same time remembering those who have paved the way and sacrificed for us is something that we shouldn’t overlook. Miguel’s family took up shoemaking in order to provide for each other and to make a better life for generations to follow. And while some of Miguel’s relatives did indeed love music like he does, they decided to put that aside for the prosperity of the family. Miguel might be the last one in his family left that has the burning desire to follow his dream of being a musician, but it wouldn’t be possible without the structure of his hard-working family.

“Remember Me” and the dual meaning it takes on in Coco is a heartwarming reminder of this. Like Miguel, I think that we can all pursue what we want in life, and do so in a way where we dedicate our passions to our family and friends, or anyone who has helped inspire us to be who we truly are.


5 New Shows on Netflix That we LOVE

5 New Shows on Netflix That We LOVE

From unconventional wellness practices to our favorite gal-pal adventures to babies’ brains, here are 5 new shows on Netflix that we LOVE.

Read More →
Where to Watch the 2020 Oscar Nominated Films c

How to Watch the 2020 Oscar Nominated Films

The Oscars are just around the corner so grab some friends and get ready for a movie night. Check out our list below for all the films nominated in the category of Best Motion Picture plus…

Read More →
Oscar Nominations 2020

Oscar Nominations 2020

Official Oscar nominations are scheduled to be announced next week so get your popcorn and friends ready for a movie night.

Read More →
When and Where to Watch the Oscars

When and Where to Watch the Oscars

Thanks to live streaming apps, there are numorous ways to watch the Oscars this year. The program is scheduled to run for three hours and can be watched live on ABC or streamed…

Read More →
4 Thanksgiving Books to Inspire Your Holiday Festivities

4 Thanksgiving Books to Inspire Your Holiday Festivities

We love the classic look and easy organizational style of this recipe booklet, ready for all your original family eats and festive party favorites…

Read More →

Resilient: We Are Perfectly and Brilliantly Enough

Today I noticed resilience. The kind that heroes are made of. The kind that goes unnoticed unless one takes time to look closely—to see deeply…

Read More →

10 of Our Favorite Women-Empowering Original Series on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime

If you are someone who thrives on women-centric shows that encourage you to show up in the world as your best self, then check out the list below for ten of our favorite women-empowering original series…

Read More →

5 Shows to Catch up on This Summer

Whether you like to binge-watch or take it one episode at a time, these shows are sure to add a dose of entertainment, inspiration, and fun to your summer watch list…

Read More →

Our Top 10 Audible Books to Listen to This Summer

From movie history to self-help, to finances, we’ve got you covered. Check out our top Audible books to listen to this summer and let the adventures begin!

Read More →

Comments (1)

  1. Can I simply say what a relief to find someone that genuinely knows what they are talking about on the net.
    You definitely understand how to bring a problem to light and make it important.

    A lot more people must look at this and understand this side of the story.
    I was surprised you aren’t more popular because you surely have the gift.