Watch: Cocoon: The Return 1988 123movies, Full Movie Online – Art, Ben and Joe are back! So are their wives and good friend Bernie in their first adventure since their last! Five years since the senior citizens blasted off into space with the Antareans return to earth because their alien friends have to collect the rest of the cocoons in the ocean, believed to be in danger from an earthquake. Ben and Mary visit their family, while Art and Joe visit Bernie, who’s still hangin’ on. Art, Ben and Joe had forgotten what it was like on earth and immediately begin to feel their weaknesses, except for Art’s wife who’s pregnant! Meanwhile in the ocean, a biologist company snatched a cocoon out of the ocean and are doing research on it….
Plot: The reinvigorated elderly group that left Earth comes back to visit their relatives. Will they all decide to go back to the planet where no one grows old, or will they be tempted to remain on Earth?
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Never as good, but something here
Completely lacking in originality, and even more in unpredictability, “The Return” gives one the feeling of ‘déjà vu’, as director Petrie sticks with the identical formula in order to guarantee success. This unfortunately also guarantees that we will get no inspiration from this sequel.
Yet in this light it is well filmed, with each character returning to fill us with the same emotions as the first “Cocoon” film. Stars Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy and Steve Gutenberg all return among others. James Horner’s music is also back to enhance the mood. Never as good as the first, but never mind.
Sunday, May 24, 1992 – Video
Cash In: The Return
Okay, I didn’t listen to my better judgment and returned to this COCOON sequel. Ouch! To give you an idea of how wrongheaded this follow-up is, the opening ten minutes features a scene where an old man tries to commit suicide and it is played for laughs. So the old folks and the Anterians are back on earth. While the aliens try to save the cocoons with returning Steve Guttenberg, the old folks run around for a few days and find out they are old again on earth (but not before schooling some young punks on the basketball court). Everyone one from the original is back (lead alien Brian Dennehy only for a cameo though) with Courtney Cox the only major new addition as a young scientist who is studying one of the captured cocoons. The biggest problem with the film is it really has no reason to exist. Well, outside of making money of course. It is shot so blandly that it looks almost like a TV movie and the human drama, a major strength of the first film, is so un-subtle this time around. The film even ends with highlights from the first film over the end credits as if to say, “Hey, you remember the good time you had back then. Let’s try and transfer some of that feeling over to this one.” Yuck. Stick with the original film.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 56 min (116 min), 1 hr 55 min (115 min) (UK)
Genre Adventure, Comedy, Mystery
Director Daniel Petrie
Writer David Saperstein, Stephen McPherson, Elizabeth Bradley
Actors Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Courteney Cox
Country United States
Awards 4 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints), Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Panavision Panaflex Gold
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Eastman 125T 5247)
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm, 70 mm (blow-up)