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…

Little Fockers (♦♦♦)

Pam (Teri Polo) and Greg (Ben Stiller) have been married for a few years, they have twin children and apparently the never-ending distrust of Jack (Robert De Niro), Greg’s father-in-law, seems to be vanishing. That is, until the twins are about to celebrate their fifth birthday and the in-laws come to visit. Kevin (Owen Wilson), Pam’s ex-boyfriend, also makes an appearance when his engagement is off. Suddenly, everything conspires to create problems. Greg gets an offer from a pharmaceutical salesperson, conveniently a young, beautiful woman (Jessica Alba), to speak at a medical conference where he becomes a sensation. Greg’s apparent straying fuels Jack’s suspicions and this time he is firm on getting Pam and Kevin back together.

Before watching this movie, I had read a bad review but I didn’t want to listen. Shame on me! This movie is a complete waste of time. They have brought onboard actors who are not funny, and even the jokes of the veterans in the franchise no longer work. Robert De Niro is grumpier than usual, although this time he feels that he doesn’t have much time left to live, so apparently his long face is justified. I hope this is the last installment in the series.