Soul (2020)

Soul (2020)

2020 PG 101 Minutes

Animation | Comedy | Family | Fantasy | Drama

Joe Gardner is a middle school teacher with a love for jazz music. After a successful audition at the Half Note Club, he suddenly gets into an accident that separates his soul from his body and is...

Overall Rating

8 / 10
Verdict: Good

User Review

  • d_riptide


    9 / 10
    Anybody out there who claims Pixar is emotionally manipulative in their movies.....may have a point, regarding SOME of their previous films but “SOUL” is not that kind of movie. Outside of being one of Pixar’s most ambitious and grown-up films as of recently, it uses a traditional framework to veer off in many unexpected directions, so that even the inevitable musical end note feels just about right, just like some of the best jazz compositions.

    If there’s one thing Pixar has done for me, it’s further broadened my stances on what I consider to be art. This movie, right here, represents and contains the best aspects of any drawing or painting or portrait or any piece of music all together; it’s notes (music) are infectious and sublime, visual quality is second to none (cinematography and editing), there’s such a streamlined imaginative construct to what seems like a restrictive medium (worldbuilding), it’s supporting cast are all astounding (stellar voice acting), characters serve an entitled purpose regarding the and all of that while sporting a visually appealing presentation and atmosphere (arguably the best animation this year). From the euphoric lighting and lens flare to the pores, hairs, the instruments, the actual environments themselves, it is beautiful to look at.

    The films message does not represent you finding your purpose to have a happy life more than it represents savoring and learning to enjoy and appreciate the little moments instead of waiting for something big to happen to reach happiness. Life has heavily conditioned us into being these hard-noised, headstrong achieving machines as opposed to just being people who find serenity in just being alive, being themselves, helping those in need and spending time with those that we care for. Are you always seeking the next goal or actually taking a second to appreciate what you had or already have achieved?