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A group of aliens return to earth to take back some cocoons of their people they left behind from an earlier trip. They kept the recovered cocoons in the swimming pool of a house they rented in a small Florida town. Their mission is hampered by a number of old people from an elderly home nearby, who have been secretly using the pool and discovering the unusual power of these cocoons.
Want a piece of candy, little girl?
Ron Howard's first foray into science-fiction is somewhat of a mixed bag. There's two distinctive elements to the film, one comes off as entertaining and charming while the other falls a bit flat. Not surprisingly it's the sentimental portions of the film Howard seems most comfortable with as the science-fiction portion of the film suffers mostly from miscasting.
The aging cast are the ones that shine here, headed by Wilford Brimley, Don Ameche and Hume Cronyn. All three have great character moments in the film, admittedly some stronger then others, but this is where the film is at it's strongest. Most of these moments wouldn't be possible outside of it's sci-fi…
I've always kind of wondered why I have never taken the time to sat down and watch this film in its entirety, and now that I have I can see why: it's just not very good. Not only does it have some of the most hilariously dated visual effects of any 80's film, but Cocoon also managed to assemble a collection of some of the more bland actors in existence. I have nothing against Don Ameche, but when you pile on names like Steve Guttenberg, Brian Dennehy, and Wilford Brimley all in the same movie, you are inevitably going to lose my interest at a pretty high degree.
How this one became a smash hit that later spawned a sequel…
Cocoon is a nice sci-fi movie about elder people who discover a rejuvenation pool which is owned by extraterrestrials on a mission on Earth.
This film is funny, the elders are really adorable, but the aliens seemed too nice and not suspicious of anything at all. The plot is interesting, it touches things like the meaning of life and death and friendship, but it could be handled in a better way, all seemed too light and nice, but I suppose it was the point of the movie.
I haven't seen this movie in years and I mean years and years but it has always stuck with me. Not so much the intricate story details but the overall idea has and I'm not sure why.
Watching it again it easy to see why it stuck with me. Cocoon is a wonderful story about aliens and seniors and how the two together make life worth living. It's about the rediscovery of youth and love and friendship.
It's heartwarming and sweet and filled with amazing performances from a bevy of old timers (most if not all whom are dead now) and some truly great special effects. It's well directed, well scored, well edited and well shot. The story is simple…
Old people in a pool. Rocks in a pool. Old people and rocks in a pool. Old people feeling young again. Yups, it's that Twilight Zone sequence again... Kinda... More rocks in the pool. More old people in the pool. Angry home owner. Everyone sad. Flying boat. Yup, that was pretty much it. Did I expect more of this? Obviously, yes. But I just couldn't stop watching... And wtf, they actually made a sequel to this ? I know it will probably be bad, but I have this urge to get back in the pool for some reason...
A great film that i hadn't seen in years. surprisingly poignant in its depiction of the effects of ageing and how relevant the elderly population feel about their relevance in the world.
Yes the special effects look very dated now but the cast on the whole are exceptional, what is Guttenberg up to these days? and the story draws you in and pulls on the heartstrings in the final moments.
Not bad but not great. It had some incredibly cringe-worthy dialogue at a few points. Love the score.
Doesn't hold up quite as well as I hoped, but it's still entertaining enough. Having just watched The Thing, I'm now convinced Wilford Brimley is a guy I'd like to have a few drinks with.
Cocoon may not answer all of the lofty questions it poses - What else is out there? Why are we here? Should we attempt to cheat death? - but it does do pretty good job of answering one question: Why didn't Steve Guttenberg have a bigger career? Oh. Yeah. Now I see.
Managed to get through this in three nights, watching in sections. That does not reflect the qualities of this movie, but rather a hectic week.
This movie proved to be just as cute, fun and sweet as I remembered it being from when I was a kid.
I used to watch this a bunch with my family growing up, and, to my delightful surprise, it still holds up. It is quite a heartwarming film, yet a bit more nuanced than I think I was able to pick up being 9/10/11 years old. I'm thinking especially about the difficulties of relationships and the troubles that certain characters go through in this film.
Yeah, it has its slightly groan-y moments and some real cheese as well, but charming to the last, and Howard, as per usual, wears his heart on his sleeve.
Fun sci-fi film but mixed on the ending.
Because it' s a so much relaxing Movie
Perhaps more iconic to me for its score and its artwork, influencing sci-fi plenty before I ever saw the film.
Its mashup of styles works, its 80's music interludes and turgid, Ron Howard directing make it homely and twee and deliciously dated.
Guttenberg swaggers around out of place as a thin, boring Albert Brooks. The old people are characterless but that's OK.
It's perfectly lovely, although one would have to imagine who its target audience is?
I'm sure it makes a statement or two about something or other, and at least it has an interesting slant on aliens for the time, but it never really clamps down hard enough on any stance on any of its themes.
Naked old men...everywhere!
It's probably been over 20 years, maybe longer, since I last watched Cocoon...and whilst I enjoyed it rather a lot, I do not remember the initial reveal of the Kitty character being so god damn terrifying.
Some of these aren't from the 80s but it's about DAT VIBE.
I've put both Mad Max and Beyond Thunderdome…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!