Cocoon

Cocoon
Science Fiction, Drama, Comedy
1985

Director: Ron Howard Cast: Wilford Brimley, Steve Guttenberg, Maureen Stapleton, Don Ameche, Brian Dennehy, Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn, Jack Gilford, Gwen Verdon, Herta Ware, Tahnee Welch, Barrett Oliver, Linda Harrison, Tyrone Power Jr., Clint Howard, Charles Lampkin

Academy Awards: Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Don Ameche)

Also Nominated For: Best Visual Effects

I First Saw In: 2015

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

Quotables: WALTER: Face-eating, Jack? I’ve never heard of that. Is that some kind of delicacy?

And now a Word from the Guise:
Cocoon is cute and funny, but it’s also heartwarming and sentimental. Accepting of their own mortality, a group of elderly folk in a retirement community gain new life after a dip into a pool where several strange cocoons rest at the bottom.

I find myself thinking about death almost everyday. What’s going to happen after I die? When will it come for me? Who will I leave behind? Who will leave me behind? What lies beyond that shadowy veil? All of these uncertainties and more make me fearful of death. And though I know it is absurd to fear the inevitable, there is no answer that has ever assuaged that fear inside of me. So I find myself comforted by movies like Cocoon, that make death seem less terrifying.

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