Our review for Coda, the upcoming Apple TV+ Original.
Coda premiered at this years Sundance Film Festival and went on to win the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award. Shortly after the film was then acquired by Apple, in a record breaking $25 Million deal. The film is about to hit the streaming service and I can say it is one you don’t want to miss.
Coda Official Trailer
Coda tells a rarely seen story about a teenage girl navigating her life with her deaf family and her passion for singing. The film lives through its great cast, who all delivered great performances. Emilia Jones is our charismatic lead Ruby, while her parents, played by Marlee Matlin and Troy Kotsur often steal the scene, through humorous as well as grounded and heartfelt performances. I also want to add Eugenio Derbez to that list, who lightens up the screen, through his energetic and charismatic performance as Ruby’s choir teacher.
The performances are so engaging that it’s not even that bad that the film’s plot is fairly predictable. It’s about those little character moments and writer/director Siân Heder seems to knows that. She gave every character/actor at least one scene to truly shine and those are the moments that make this film great. She knew exactly when and how theses moments have to play out and it worked very well. It’s really stellar, when the film switches perspective and the audience experience the scene from the point of view of a deaf family member. That doesn’t happen often, but Seder knew exactly when it needed to happen.
Coda is the feel-good movie of the year. The cast and their performances are stellar and get emphasized by the great of directing Siân Heder, resulting in a big win for Apple TV+. You don’t want to miss this one.
Gifted with a voice that her parents can’t hear, seventeen-year-old Ruby (Emilia Jones), is the sole hearing member of a deaf family—a CODA, Child of Deaf Adults. Her life revolves around acting as interpreter for her parents (Marlee Matlin, Troy Kotsur) and working on the family’s struggling fishing boat every day before school with her father and older brother (Daniel Durant).
But when Ruby joins her high school’s choir club, she discovers a gift for singing and finds herself drawn to her duet partner Miles (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo). Encouraged by her enthusiastic, tough-love choirmaster (Eugenio Derbez) to apply to a prestigious music school, Ruby finds herself torn between the obligations she feels to her family and the pursuit of her own dreams. (Apple TV+)
Coda hits Apple TV+ August 13, 2021. The film is written and directed by Siân Heder and stars: Emilia Jones, Marlee Matlin, Troy Kotsur, Daniel Durant, Ferdia Walsh-Peelo and Eugenio Derbez. What do you guys think? Are you planning to watch it? Have you seen it already, if so how did you like it? Let’s discuss everything in the comments down below and on our Twitter.