Soul (2020) Review

This film just filled me with happy and warm feelings.  It is funny and innocent and I just loved it a whole lot. Not to mention Beautiful.

Certificate: PG

Director: Pete Docter, Kemp Powers

Screenwriter: Pete Docter, Mike Jones

Starring: Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Graham Norton

Genre: Animation, Adventure

Runtime: 100 Minutes

Rating: 4 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

Joe is a middle-school band teacher whose life hasn’t quite gone the way he expected. His true passion is jazz — and he’s good, but he has never managed to hit the big time. But when he gets into an accident and travels to another realm, he finds himself enlisted to help someone else find their passion in life, and in doing so he learns about what it means to have a purpose in life and that sometimes, life isn’t meant to turn out the way that you expected.

You can always trust Disney to bring the feels, and while this isn’t the most emotionally devastating movie that Pixar have ever put out, it still fills you full of feelings.  Joy, Warmth, Excitement, an excellent film to sit and watch this less than ideal Christmas Afternoon.  Everyone at some point in their life, will or has felt directionless and without purpose, and we all know how confusing and depressing that is to go through.  We would all like to think that there are definite answers for what we are meant to do in life, what our purposes are.  This film reminds us that not everyone has a grand purpose and that our most important job in life is to just, LIVE.

Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey are a great pair, great at bouncing back and forth when comedy calls for it, and equally great at working together to pull off the emotional scenes that come in the third act of the film.

Pixar do a great job here of working with some very adult themes.  They never shy away from hard topics, but the entire idea behind this film, of finding your purpose in life will probably mean more to the adults watching in the audience than it will to the kids, who will be there mostly for the humour and the absolutely gorgeous animation. 

The plot did feel a little muddled in places, especially towards the end, trying to wrap up all it’s loose ends, and the final resolution to Joes problem was a little too easy and convenient, but overall it was a fantastically told story, with a very important message to deliver and one that was handled very well. If this sounds like something you may enjoy, ‘Soul’ is streaming now on Disney+

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