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…

Nine (♦♦♦♦)

Nine is a Broadway musical brought to the big screen by director Rob Marshall (Chicago). It is based on the life and work of Italian film director Guido Contini (Daniel Day-Lewis), and his relationship with the women who inspired his work, among them Luisa (Marion Cotillard), his wife, Carla (Penelope Cruz), his mistress, Claudia (Nicole Kidman), his muse and leading actress in most of his films, Lilli (Judi Dench), costume designer and closest friend, his mother (Sophia Loren), Sereghina (Fergie), the woman Guido and his friends used to pay for sexual advice when growing up, and Stephanie (Kate Hudson), the editor of Vogue magazine.

Each one of the main characters, namely Guido and the women, sing at least once; Marion Cotillard’s numbers are poignant due to the fragile state of the relationship between her and her husband. However, the most attractive and spirited singing number in the whole movie is sung by Fergie with Be Italian; she truly displays her talent with this piece. Sexy costumes and great performances by the whole cast make this movie worth seen again and again.