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…

Movie: The Girl Who Played with Fire, Swedish, 2009 (♦♦♦♦)

  A sex trade scandal involving prominent Swedish characters is the focus of the investigation of a female Ph D. candidate and her aspiring journalist male friend. Millennium Magazine decides to publish the story, but in the process of confronting some of the key players, Mikael Blomkvist finds the aspiring journalist and his friend murdered. The parallel murder of Lisbeth’s legal guardian with the same pistol, which is imprinted with Lisbeth’s fingerprints, leads the police to pinpoint Lisbeth as the main suspect for the triple murder. Mikael Blomkvist believes in Lisbeth’s innocence and won’t rest until he proves it. In the process, Lisbeth will face more violence coming from men wanting to kill her and will have to come to terms with events and people she had thought were gone for good.

This movie is also graphic, but less so than part one. The story is engaging and the acting is as convincing as it was in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. In this second installment, some of the key characters that we came to know in the first movie remain, played by the same actors. This time, Lisbeth’s past as well her present life are explored more deeply than in the first movie.

I can’t wait to see how the story ends!