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…

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (♦♦♦)

The king of Persia sees a daring and courageous young orphan in the market and decides to adopt him as his son. As a young man, Prince Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal) helps his brothers to strike the holy city of Alamut in the search for treacherous invaders, but during the invasion, the beautiful princess Tamina, the guardian of the Sands of Time, tries to smuggle out a dagger that holds mysterious powers and the dagger ends out in Dastan’s possession.

When the king is poisoned with a robe that Dastan has presented as a gift, everyone assumes Dastan has committed treason so he flees to save his life. Princess Tamina joins him in his quest to clear his name and ultimately restore balance to the world through the frequent use of the magical dagger.

The story is somewhat boring, but lush scenarios and costumes, as well as good performances by Ben Kingsley and Alfred Molina make this movie worth your time.