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…

You Don’t Know Jack: The Life and Deaths of Jack Kevorkian (♦♦♦♦)

In this movie made for HBO television, stars Al Pacino as Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the physician that made waves in the nineties due to his assisting about 130 patients to commit suicide by administering a fatal combination of drugs via a machine. Dr. Kevorkian was put on trial five times and acquitted due to loops in the legal system, but he managed to bring to national attention the topic of euthanasia and the rights of terminally ill patients to decide when to end their journeys. Finally, in an attempt to plead his case in front of the Supreme Court, he assisted directly in the death of his last patient, was brought to justice for second degree murder and convicted on the basis of having had a disregard for law and having acted above it.

This was an Emmy-winning performance by Al Pacino, and well deserved; not only did he physically resemble Dr. Kevorkian, but his drive and dark sense of humor made me endure this movie despite its morbid topic. Susan Sarandon and John Goodman’s performances are also dead on.

You may agree or disagree in this debate, but the movie is certainly worth watching!