Starring: Emilia Jones, Troy Kotsur, Marlee Matlin, Daniel Durant, Eugenio Derbez, Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Amy Forsyth
Director: Sian Heder
CODA is one of the most heartwarming films of 2021 and a landmark achievement for the representation of deaf actors in Hollywood. Moment to moment, writer-director Sian Heder’s brilliant script is having the conversation that no one else in Hollywood seems to be having at this scale, which makes the film easy to get lost in and impossible to stop thinking about. Star Emilia Jones absolutely nails it as Ruby Rossi. Her vocal and physical performance sells every minute of her character's journey, and the supporting cast is right there matching her every step. It's a wonderful experience.
CODA is a hard film not to fall in love with. Writer-director Sian Heder’s film explores a community of people that is rarely represented on film, while also touching on themes of family and love. The entire ensemble is wonderful, with Emilia Jones shining bright and Troy Kotsur, Marlee Matlin, and Daniel Durant speaking volumes without saying a single word. The film is both funny and heartfelt, and it just makes you feel warm while watching it, especially the third act. Yeah, I cried. Twice. CODA truly is a feel-good movie that is easy to watch over and over again.