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…

The American (♦♦♦)

Jack/Edward (George Clooney) is an American assassin hiding from other assassins in Castle del Monte, Italy. While working on an assignment, he befriends Father Benedetto, the local priest, and also falls in love with a young, beautiful prostitute named Clara, which makes him consider abandoning that way of life for good. The consequence of that decision may prove deadly.

This movie is like a puzzle to me. Not only George Clooney’s acting is dispassionate and flat, even when he swears he is in love, but there are plenty of unanswered questions left; for example, why do the Swedes want to kill him? Why does his boss want to kill him when he wants out? Who was Mathilde trying to kill and why? Anyway, the only thing very clear in the film is that he can build an automatic weapon from scratch, and even the priest seems to figure that out, but that path is not explored further. The movie is short on dialogues, emotions and explanations. Not Clooney’s best!