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…

A Star is Born (♦♦♦♦)

Bad boy rocker John Norman falls in love with club singer Esther Hoffman, and decides to promote her talent, which makes her become a mega-singing sensation. They get married and go to live in isolation in the middle of nowhere, but their relationship soon becomes rocky when her success and his constant troubles threaten to break them apart.

The chemistry between Barbra Streissand and Kris Kristofferson is undeniable. It seems as if they had been having a real life affair at the time. It is always delightful to enjoy Barbra Streissand’s megatalent, though I had the sensation that I was watching Funny Girl all over again. This movie’s ending, as well as the way in which the couple’s relationship spirals downwards is slightly different than in Funny Girl, but the underlying plot is still the same. Good movie, though. I enjoyed it very much!