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…

Vicky Cristina Barcelona (♦♦♦♦)

American friends Vicky (Rebecca Hall) and Cristina (Scarlett Johansson) decide to spend a summer in Barcelona. There, they meet free spirited painter Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem), who proves to be more than either one of them can handle. After a brief affair in Oviedo, Vicky, who is engaged, falls in love with Juan Antonio but ends up marrying her fiancé. Cristina, on the other hand, has a longer love relationship with Juan Antonio and they live together for a while, until Maria Elena (Penelope Cruz), Juan Antonio’s ex-wife, re-appears in his life and Cristina must come to terms with living with them both.

This movie is like a breeze, very light and free flowing. The story flows easily, at times funny, but thoughtfully nonetheless. It is not a movie to overanalyze, just to enjoy. Penelope’s performance is worth your time. She was born to interpret the role of Maria Elena; she seems at ease both in English and Spanish, and even those dialogue transitions are funny. Even Javier Bardem or Scarlett Johansson’s acting, whose I don’t particularly like, are spot on here. Watch this film; you won’t regret it!