Cocoon

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When a group of trespassing seniors swim in a pool containing alien cocoons, they find themselves energized with youthful vigor.

ACTORS : Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn |Brian Dennehy

YEAR OF RELEASE : 1985

POSTAGE : Free In Australia

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Cocoon, A group of aliens return to earth to retrieve cocoons containing the people they’d left behind from an earlier trip. These cocoons had been resting at the bottom of the ocean. Once retrieved, they stored these recovered cocoons in the swimming pool of a house they’d rented in a small Florida town. Their mission is hampered by a number of elderly people from a nearby retirement community who had been secretly using the pool, and who discover unusual powers from within these cocoons.

Much more than just another alien film

Cocoon, This is one of my all-time favorite movies, for a variety of reasons: A) It treats the theme of aging with such tenderness and doesn’t reduce the older characters to props, B) It evokes questions about the supernatural/the possibility of life “out there,” and C) The location (Florida) looks so pleasant and inviting. I have loved this film since I was a child in the 80s, and it is still one that I watch over and over (and I still cry at the same spots every time). I have to also say that–in my opinion at least–the characteristic feature of every great movie is a great score/theme melody. Cocoon definitely has it, yet without feeling “epic” and overpowering; the same plucked melody chimes in quietly at all the right moments in the film, lending a profound and quiet connection with each character (even the extra-terrestrial ones). There are moments in this film where, if you don’t shed a tear, there must be something wrong with you. Highly recommended film 🙂

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 Cocoon, This film completely surprised me first time. I thought it was your usual silly alien film – but it is so much more then that – and if it is possible the brilliant Ron Howard makes it all believable. Two things stand out among all else – the fantastic score (one of the best I have ever heard) The superb ending – which was one of the most original endings – possibly ever.

I just can’t say enough about just how good this film is.

As far as performances go I was particularly surprised by the acting of the senior citizens especially Jack Gilford as the miserable old codger Bernie – I love it when he completely breaks down and softens after spending an hour and 20 minutes as the most awful old man you could ever have the misfortune to bump into – the transformation was immediate but so believable – and I personally think that performance was worthy of a supporting actor oscar.

Also Brian Dennehy, Wilford Brimley, Don Ameche and Steve Guttenburg were also excellent.

An all round fantastic film which everyone can enjoy – all ages

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