Cocoon: The Return


Action / Adventure / Comedy / Mystery / Romance / Sci-Fi

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 31% · 13 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 34% · 10K ratings
IMDb Rating 5.4/10 10 17402 17.4K


Top cast

Wilford Brimley as Benjamin 'Ben' Luckett
Steve Guttenberg as Jack Bonner
Barret Oliver as David
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984.21 MB
English 2.0
29.97 fps
1 hr 56 min
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1.86 GB
English 2.0
29.97 fps
1 hr 56 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by blanche-2 6 / 10

The sequel

Sequels are usually not as good as the original, unless the sequel happens to be called "Godfather II," so "Cocoon: The Return" is no exception. On the other hand, I didn't find it ghastly (though a few others on this board did). It has the same terrific cast, which includes Don Ameche, Jack Gilford, Maureen Stapleton, Gwen Verdon, with the addition of Elaine Strich in the old folks' department, and Tawnee Welch, Tyrone Power Jr., and Steve Guttenberg with the addition of a very young Courtney Cox in the young folks' department. Brian Dennehy makes a brief appearance at the end of the film.

The Anterians need to return to pick up some cocoons, so the old folks come back to catch up with friends and family, with some interesting results.

Another plot concerns scientists taking one of the cocoons and studying it, while the Anterians attempt to rescue it before it's too late.

The movie actually has some very sweet moments - it probably would have been lousy without the same cast, but they're all very likable.

Okay, not great, and anyone under 55 probably won't want to be bothered. By the way, I cried during some of it. Guess my age.

Reviewed by bkoganbing 6 / 10

It was a round trip

The old folks who left earth with the Antareans in Cocoon have decided to return with an Antarean mission to rescue another cocoon. The six couples from the previous film have three days to do their visiting with old friends and family.

As for the Antareans Courtney Cox looks up Steve Guttenberg who was so helpful in the last film that she's sure he'll be willing again. For a redblooded male like Guttenberg, Cox could convince me. But they're too late the cocoon has been taken from the ocean floor and a scientific institute has it now and they are sawing it open to get the living thing they saw with x-ray.

The first Cocoon movie was a wonderful fantasy that worked on our imaginations. The second is entertaining, but sadly comes off as a routine science fiction. And you better have watched the first because you won't understand the sequel.

Best in this film is Jack Gilford who stayed behind when the rest of his 60+ something friends went. He's still the same whiner and complainer, but there's an endearing quality to him.

I think most will like Cocoon: The Return. But leftovers aren't as good as the first meal.

Reviewed by TheLittleSongbird 5 / 10

Journey to home

Really like the first 'Cocoon'. Don't love it and it wasn't without occasional flaws, but it was warm, funny and touching that looked great with a lovely James Horner score with a delightful older cast. Decided to see 'Cocoon: The Return', despite being prepared to be disappointed on the basis of what had been said about it.

Actually didn't find 'Cocoon: The Return' to be that bad all things considered, was definitely expecting something far worse. It is nowhere near as good as the first and one does question its point, despite being nowhere near close to being one of the worst sequels ever it is one of the ones that was not needed. Having said that, 'Cocoon: The Return' is not without its moments and good points amidst all the major problems it has.

Its selling point is that the original cast return and it is the acting (or at least most of it) that saves it. Most are quite wonderful, the sass and distinguished air as well as the likeability are still present, with the best coming from touching turns from Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn and Don Ameche still has the spring in his step. The film looks good enough, with some skilful photography in particular that has style and polish and the effects aren't overused, abused or stick out like a sore thumb.

James Horner's score is lush and not too sweeping or syrupy. There are some genuinely sweet and poignant moments, those involving Joe and Alma did make me well up. Although underused and not consistent with the first film, the sci-fi element intrigues somewhat.

However, the direction is nowhere near as focused or polished here, at best it's uninspired. Ron Howard's absence is noted and deeply felt. The story does have moments, but there was a much better balance of humour and drama before. Whereas 'Cocoon' managed to be emotionally impactful while not wallowing too much in the sentimentality, 'Cocoon: The Return' is caked in it and it does become mawkish and just lacks the necessary warmth and whimsy. Not enough is done with some of the too many subplots, the grandson/grandfather relationship should have been delved into more and was actually lacking in warmth.

Others didn't serve much point and parts did veer on distaste, the whole suicide thing as mentioned being treated in a comedic way does a real disservice to something so serious. The script has moments of warmth but too much of it is rather glum and resigned and too reliant on melodrama. Tahnee Welch is somewhat robotic and Steve Guttenberg is just irritating and his character could easily have been left out.

Concluding, worth a one time watch but a disappointment both as a sequel and on its own. 5/10 Bethany Cox

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