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 Stoning of Soraya M., Iranian (♦♦♦♦)

Based on a true story, set in Iran in 1986, Soraya’s husband made all kind of demands to get rid of his wife and two daughters, to marry a younger woman. Soraya refused to grant him a divorce because he wasn’t going to provide alimony for her or her children. Determined to be free of his wife, Soraya’s husband seized an opportunity that arose when one of the village’s women died and the men asked Soraya to do house chores for the widow. Soraya’s husband started a rumor about his wife infidelity and ended up forcing false witnesses to provide their testimonies of Soraya’s betrayal. With enough witnesses against her, Soraya was found guilty and sentenced to death by stoning.

This movie made my blood boil. I just could not believe that that man could fabricate such lies to suit his purposes and convince everyone in town of them. That’s the power of a rumor! In this case the rumor had tragic consequences. Even her two sons were given stones to throw at her!

I thought the director of this movie was going to sugar-coat the stoning, but he didn’t shy away one bit. Those scenes are as brutal as they are real. In places where women have no rights, their very lives are in the hands of men capable of such atrocious acts.