CODA stands for "Child of Deaf Adults," and in this film's case, Ruby (Jones) has two deaf parents and a deaf brother. In a cruel twist of fate, she loves to sing and adores music, but her family can't quite comprehend it. They are lifelong fishermen, and Ruby is their interpreter. CODA is a remarkably engaging coming-of-age drama about how love transcends the senses and builds us up to be the people we were meant to be. It's ultimately a film about finding your voice, and it's easily Apple's best film so far.
Raised in a deaf family, Ruby has a fondness for music. She joins the choir at school, and quickly rises to be one of her teacher's best students. Her mom (Matlin) and dad (Kotsur) have started their own fish market business along with her brother Leo (Durant), and they need Ruby to help them communicate with everybody else. Ruby finds herself torn between pursuing a scholarship at music school or helping her family's business prosper, and the struggle is so real that you can't help but get invested in it yourself.
CODA is one of the best dramas of the year thus far. It's gonna be a surprise hit for sure, and it deserves all the praise it gets. I love that it features actual deaf actors, providing solid representation and great performances all at once. If Apple keeps producing films of this caliber, they'll make Netflix and Prime Video sweat.