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Cocoon Film Review

Updated on August 23, 2019

Cocoon Poster

Film Stats

  • Released: 1985
  • Running time: 1 hour 57 minutes
  • Genre: Sci-Fi
  • Director: Ron Howard
  • Producers: Donald Brown & Richard D. Zanuk
  • Budget: $17,500,000 (approx)


Cocoon is a film I've seen on a few occasions when it's been on television. Although it's over 30 years old now, I think it's one of those sci-fi films that has stood the test of time. It's a light-hearted film with no violence in it, and I'm sure a lot of people think if only there was a cocoon in real life that makes you feel younger!

Aliens from the planet Antarea set up an outpost on an island called Atlantis 10,000 years ago. When Atlantis sinks, 20 of them aliens were left behind. These aliens were being kept alive in large cocoons which look like rocks on the bottom of the Atlantic ocean. Roll on to the current day and some of the Antareans return to earth to collect these cocoons. They rent a house with a swimming pool in it and start placing each of the cocoons in the pool. This is to give the cocoons life force so they can survive the journey home to their planet. Only, close to this house is a retirement home. When a few of the old folk in the retirement home find out there's quite a large swimming pool in this beautiful house, they decide to break in and go swimming. Little do they know what these cocoons are at the bottom of the pool. They stand there scratching their heads in disbelief, but swim in the pool anyway.

They soon start to feel very different. Their bodies and souls feel rejuvenated and these men in their 70's and 80's begin to feel like new men. They realise that the cocoons in the pool are making them feel youthful and free. They can do things they were unable to do in the past, or found very difficult. Like go dancing, walk at a more upbeat pace, and even visit a nightclub! Not everyone is so keen on the changes these old folk are having though, and Bernie is angry and upset at what the other residents from the home are doing. His wife Mary, however, wants to go along with the other residents and is upset when Ernie doesn't allow her to go.

This is a film where people in their later years experience a new zest for life and, although there are people who disagree with what they are doing, enjoy this new sense of freedom and youthfulness.

Characters in the film

Main Cast

Don Ameche
Art Selwyn
Jessica Tandy
Alma Finley
Hume Cronyn
Joe Finley
Wilfred Brimley
Ben Luckett
Maureen Stapleton
Mary Luckett
Brian Dennehy
Jack Gilford
Bernie Leftowitz
Herta Ware
Rose Leftowitz
Steve Guttenberg
Jack Bonner
Barret Oliver

Aliens from the film

My Thoughts

At nearly 2 hours long, this film is a light-hearted Science Fiction film. There is no violent, blood or gore in this film, which I like. Quite frankly, I don't generally watch sci-fi films, but this one I rather like. I like the idea of these aged people in a retirement home finding youth and a new zest for life. As we get older in life, our minds and souls don't change. But our physical bodies prevent us from doing what we used to do when we were young. It's a nice thought to be able to be as active as you were in your youth. The thought of some sort of power being able to help you be young again is a nice thought.

There are heart warming scenes in the film - especially the scenes with Ben and his grandson David. The pair are fishing and Ben explains to David about how he's going places where he'll never die, never grow old and never get ill. But he will never see David again. I found this a touching scene in the film, and does make one look at your own mortality. It's those we leave behind we hurt the most. I thought the acting throughout the film from the cast was good. The characters from the old peoples home played a good part and how they acted so vibrant and young. There are warm and touching scenes in the film which touched my heart.

The special effects in the film are good. Considering this was made in the mid 80's, I think the way they create the aliens in the cocoons are good. We see how they become human and 'normal' looking human beings on earth, and how they visibly change back to an alien. I thought this was quit well made. The graphics of the aliens is a clever part and how they look realistic.


Rotten Tomatoes

In Summary

This is an enjoyable film. It's a light-hearted, warming and touching film. There are scenes in the film that melted my heard, especially with David and his Grandfather. This film showed us what one wish could happen - where we could stay young and youthful forever. It's never ever easy growing old. Our bodies change as we grow older, our hair goes grey, the skin and bones become more fragile. But in our minds we're still the same person we were 50 years ago. I did find this made me question life and growing old. It's an entertaining look on life and for the person and their families involved.

As the title on the promotional cover says - it is everything you dreamed of.

© 2017 Louise Powles


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