Soul

Soul Review

by T. Atkinson

Rating: 5 out of 5.

‘The movie has likeable and funny characters with complex and realistic relationships, as well as a unique way of giving answers to existential questions like ‘what happens to souls before they’re born?’ and ‘how are personalities formed?’.’

Director: Pete Docter

Cast: Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Richard Ayoade, Graham Norton

Synopsis: When jazz musician and high school band teacher Joe Gardener meets an untimely death and is mistakenly tasked with helping a stubborn soul (named 22) in ‘The Great Before’ find her ‘spark’. However, he hatches a plan to return to earth and reclaim his life.

Review: Pixar’s Soul is a movie with beautiful visuals and a stunning jazz soundtrack, composed by Jon Batiste, which delivers a powerful and thought-provoking message about meaning and purpose in life. Even though the movie is rated PG, it can be enjoyed by all, as its core themes and message could be understood less by younger viewers. The movie has likeable and funny characters with complex and realistic relationships, as well as a unique way of giving answers to existential questions like ‘what happens to souls before they’re born?’ and ‘how are personalities formed?’. The beauty of this film is that it has a way of doing this in a visual and easy way to understand.

This movie is filled with really profound moments which make me think it’s one of the most unique and innovative Pixar movies in recent years. As well as this, Soul has been praised for having a diverse cast with realistic depictions of black characters, since historically they have been so largely underrepresented in animation.

In conclusion, this film is a great and philosophical watch that is suitable for all ages.

Soul is currently available on Disney + and was rated PG by the BBFC.

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