Release: 18th July 2016
The residents of a Florida rest home get a new lease of life when they stumble across an alien “fountain of youth” in a disused holiday home. Unbeknown to them, aliens have been using the swimming pool in the house to store their cocooned brethren, giving the waters a powerful, rejuvenating quality.
Cocoon is the film that made you fall in love with Tahnee Welch, got you excited about old age, and proved that Richie Cunningham from Happy Days really knew how to direct a fun picture.
Now in her 30th year, Cocoon was looking a little rusty and dated. Thankfully, with a little polish and a lot of love, the most Spielbergy non-Spielberg film ever made is back to solid health. The restored version of Cocoon looks superb. It’s as if the Antareans themselves have dropped the original print in a warm pool of ‘life force’, and given this cinematic classic a new lease of life.
The magic of Ron Howard’s sophomore outing is that it had a buoyant low key charm that fit perfectly with that feeling of seeing those in their twilight years enjoying a good dance. It was and still is as sweet as toffee, and unashamedly idealistic about the process of gracefully finding love and ageing. Cocoon came at a time when it was less of a concern to make a proper film, and more about helping people have a good time at the movies. There are elements now that feel dated, and the plot is more than a little campy, but for crying out loud sometimes it’s just nice for a film to warm your cockles. And like the adorable little Antarean who passes away in Brian Dennehy’s arms, Cocoon, even now, is a film that brings a tear to the eye and rush of warmth to the heart.
Film Grade: B+
A dated Making Of is sliced into ridiculously small chunks. It gives no real insight into the film, while offering the impression that knowledge is being shared. Although…that moustache! My goodness Ron!
The Director’s Commentary is a great listen. While the Trailers are what they are.
Eureka have always shone most with their special edition Booklets. This is no different. An excellent little essay on the film gives more insight than most of its accompanying features.
Special Features Grade: C
It is great to see the film looking so youthful, but a shame more attention wasn’t paid to the supplements.