It has been a long time since this kind of emotion was felt from a film viewing. But CODA is one of those gems that you stumble across every so often. This coming of age story is both beautiful and hilarious, overall an absolute delight.
Written by Elliot Lines
CODA (Child of a deaf adults) Ruby Rossi (Emilia Jones) throughout her life has put her family first, they are her world, and she would do anything for them. But when her family business becomes threatened she is forced to make the decision to pursue her dream in music or continue helping her family.
The character dynamic throughout CODA is what makes this incredibly charming. From the first scene you feel the sense of family bond that these people share. Ruby’s parents are extremely in love, and are open to making this clear. Her relationship with her brother is, well brotherly, they give each other shit, call each other stupid names, the norm. Outside of her family there isn’t many other relations.
Throughout the film you see relationships built, most of which are loveable characters, apart from the typical high school bully girls. These relationships that are portrayed build Ruby’s character to be a more rounded person, the people around her make her realise her dream, it may take her away from her family, but they have a bond that is unbreakable, so would never separate them. It takes a little time for the parents to realise this, as they rely so much on her interpretation to get through their lives, but this realisation also gives her parents a more rounded story.
The use of comedy throughout CODA most definitely comes in the form of the use of sign language. Just having that visual aid for some of the things that these characters are saying really emphasise how funny these moments really are, there are some truly laugh out loud moments that make the viewing experience even more enjoyable.
One of the key plot points is the music, and one thing that must be mentioned is the quality of the singing here. Literally hair raising, her voice is incredible, emphasising the need for this young woman to follow her dream to film school.
This is something I cannot stress enough, but this is the must see film of the year so far. CODA is filled with plenty of emotion that will bring a tear to your eye. You’re routing for every character within this family, the film allows you to connect with them on a personal level. It is beautiful, hilarious and ever so charming.