Cocoon – Budget of $17.5 million – 1 hour and 57 minutes
At the Sunny Shores Retirement Home (in St. Petersburg, Florida), Art, Ben, Joe, and Bernie have personal struggles. Art is losing stamina. Ben is losing his eyesight and driver’s license. Joe is sick with cancer. Bernie is losing his wife to Alzheimer’s. Three of the men (Art, Ben, and Joe) sneak off onto an abandon private property to use its pool to feel young and free.
Jack rents his boat to locals and vacationers to explore and fish. He is down to his last penny when Kimmy and Walter extend an offer. They want to rent his boat for 27 days for a fishing expedition. Jack can’t wait to help them and get their money. Kimmy and Walter also looking a short term rental for 26 days and finds the three men’s favorite abandon home.
As Kimmy and Walter fish, they pull up several pods from the ocean and put them into the pool. After all 3 men get bad news, they decide to swim in the pool no matter who is renting the property. Within seconds of swimming, the men feel great. They believe they have found the fountain of youth. They invite their wives/girlfriends to take a swim, but Bernie gives a hard no. But when the 3 men find out what is in those pods, they will need to make a very hard decision that will affect them and their families.
Based on Cocoon by David Saperstein, Cocoon successfully switches genres within a film. It switches from romance to introspective to action to drama to adventure. Also, the director had a tough task of making Willy and Kimmy look non-threatening and welcoming, but did it effortlessly. The one-liners are evenly spread throughout the film for each actor. Now don’t be distracted by a dancing double, but focus on the acting and this tale about being young, being old and living the life in between. The best part of this movie is when each character makes the final choice for him/herself. While each has a reason to choose one way or the other, the decision is their own. And they will have to live with it forever. What would you decide?
I give it 4 out of 5 stars
She remembers who I am. she remembers who she is. so she’s alright – Bernie
If we see any we will send them over – Art
Doctors don’t know everything – Joe
Well there is that one school of thought that says they don’t know nothing – Ben
There giant snail shells – Kitty
You’re making me very curious about you – Jack
It’s hard to know who to trust, isn’t it Jack – Walter
Best decision I ever made was dumping Max – Rose
You’re joking me right – David