All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…
Beyond the innocence of youth, and the wisdom of age, lies the wonder of... Cocoon
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.
Cocoon has a lot of heart to it. It starts out as a boring film but evolves into something with emotional depth, and so forth. The ending...well, I don't know quite what to make of the decision that the elderly characters make there. That ending has inspired some thought though. I'll give it credit for that. It's an above average film with some admirable performances by some of the old guard of Hollywood, some good special effects and a James Horner score. Cute.
A gooey Ron Howard film about a bunch of old people who go swimming with alien pods and begin to regain their youth and vigor.
The film is a who's who of famous veteran actors like Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Maureen Stapleton, Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy and Gwen Verdon, but it's all rather embarrassing and condescending -- awww, see, little old people still like to have sex too, isn't that cute?!!
A no-hands sex scene between Steve Guttenberg and one of the female aliens in a swimming pool freaked me out when I saw this as a kid.
One of the numerous films in Ron Howard's canon that prove what a completely untalented director he is.
Well worth another look. Not seen this since I was a kid. So enjoyable.
Ron Howard is a filmmaker who loves to work in a lot of different genres, and for the most part, he's been successful at everything he's attempted. "Cocoon" is a rare misstep, an overly sentimental and misguided mash-up of several different genres crammed uncomfortably together into one film.
Howard's last film, "Splash," was a successful mix of the fantastical and a down-to-earth love story, but the director cannot work the same magic here, although I know I'm in the minority in this view. The oddball movie was a beloved box office hit, but I remained indifferent towards the senior citizen characters and their newfound Fountain of Youth.
I wonder if there would have been more magic to be found if…
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I want to find the fountain of youth, too.
I recently picked up "1985 at the Movies" on CD, in which this film's theme was one of the tracks. James Horner's gentle melody made me want to rewatch it, as it had been probably ten years since my last viewing.
Very 'Spielburgian' at times, and that's no bad thing.
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Alternatives to the AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies list named by /r/truefilm's community. With notes. Inspired by Jonathan Rosenbaum's list.