Snapshots - #39: Coco, Pitch Perfect 3, Star Wars: Episodes VII and VIII

Coco (2017), (♦♦♦♦): Miguel, a young aspiring singer, is afraid to defy his family's forsaking of music. On the Día de los Muertos, a Mexican holiday to celebrate the dead, Miguel is, unwillingly, granted night passage to the Land of the Dead, where he meets his ancestors and gets valuable life lessons.

This Disney/Pixar production has great animation and music, is colorful, fun, has endearing characters (both living and dead). Coco also has meaningful lessons about the value of traditions, the importance of family, loyalty, and honoring one's ancestors, all in a very entertaining package. Don't let the fact that it is an animated movie deter you from enjoying this gem. Coco is a great story to ponder for kids and adults alike.

Pitch Perfect 3 (2017), (♦♦♦♦): The members of the a cappella singing sensation ‘The Bellas’ have graduated from college and are realizing that they suck big time at real life. They miss the singing, the mischief, and the camaraderie. The father of on…

Charlie St. Cloud (♦♦♦♦)

Charlie St. Cloud, the titled character, ably interpreted by Zac Efron, is unable to let go of his dead little brother, even five years after the accident that took him away. In that accident, Charlie was brought from the dead by a paramedic who refused to let him go. Five years later, Charlie has pretty much given up on life, except for meeting his brother at sunset for baseball practice. When a young woman with similar life experiences starts getting too close, Charlie must decide whether to look ahead or stay in the past.
To be honest, this movie took me by surprise. I was expecting a so-so performance by Zac Efron considering his very pretty face, but with this film he proves he has acting chops. The movie delivered painful blows to my heart in more than one occasion, such as when the fatal accident took place. This is more than a love story or a ghost story; it is about facing life head-on and accepting that sometimes second chances are given for a reason. Lovely movie!