josh’s review published on Letterboxd:
As a Colombian, I related heavily to this film because I too have a dead Abuelo.
I wish they had hired actual Colombian talent to write and direct this instead of these two Disney certified white guys (though notably a Cuban did help write this- it’s important to note that Cuba and Colombia are two very different places with different cultures). Idk I just wish this had seemed more like a Colombian story from Colombians rather than a Disney story that happens to take place in Colombia. As a kid I desperately craved representation for Colombia. The closest thing I had as a kid was Shakira. I still rock ‘Hips Don’t Lie’ every karaoke night. But I can’t see myself rocking this again. Props to the Colombian talent involved, there was clear research and love put into this. Here’s hoping that this does speak to Colombian kids today. And that one day I can watch a movie that would’ve spoken to me as a kid - about the country I never got to see, but desperately craved to know.