Soul is an animated fantasy comedy-drama film produced by Pixar Animation Studios. The film is directed by Pete Docter, co-directed by Kemp Powers and stars the voices of Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Questlove, Phylicia Rashad, Daveed Diggs, Richard Ayoade, and Angela Bassett.
Pixar always comes up with existential films that make you wonder about life. Soul is another addition to that list. If you’ve ever wondered where we go after we die or something more existential about life then this is where you should jump into, ft cute cuddly blobs of little people.
Soul follows Joe Gardner, a Jazz music teacher who is trying to find his purpose in life. However, one misstep finds him in the Great Beyond and after that, he goes on an adventure with 22, a cynical soul, through which he eventually finds himself.
The film highlights what we see as a purpose in life. For most people, it’s their passions, but what if you don’t know what your passion is? What is the purpose of your life then? We see two very different sets of people – Joe, who refuses to let go of his life, and 22, who is uninterested to go to Earth. These two very different souls’ little adventure on Earth pushes them to see each other’s points of view and that is what eventually changes how they live.
Throughout the 1-hour 40-minute journey, the movie provides gentle wisdom into the various existential avenues of life, all the while being entertaining for both children and adults. The movie never forgets its place – and thus it’s a beautiful journey of self-discovery that flows from one point to another. I never felt bored or confused, rather, it always made me feel very grounded.
The movie tries to portray difficult and confusing concepts in the simplest way possible, and thus the different aspects of the Great Beyond or the Great Before are colourful and bright places, where it’s fun and everyone’s pretty cheery.
Soul’s story is made beautiful by the fact that the animation is absolutely splendid. Pixar has a way of bringing forth stories such as these in the most relatable and beautiful ways possible and Soul is a prime example of it. The animation, be it Joe’s life on Earth or his adventures in the Great Before, are all done so realistically that there is not a moment where you feel out of the experience.
Another one of Soul’s beauty is the music. Much of the movie is about Joe’s love for music and Jazz and that part is made abundantly clear by the soundtrack that the movie chooses to include here. It’s an absolutely mind-blowing series of songs that will make you lose yourself, much like our protagonist.
Voice actors including Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey are absolutely marvellous as Joe and 22 respectively. They bring out the passions, problems, anxieties and experiences of these layered characters to the forefront with much ease. The ease with which the movie flows from one part to another can be attributed largely to the voice actors who have done an absolutely tremendous job at it.
Summing up: Soul
Soul, much like Pixar’s other highly-acclaimed movies, is an absolute delight to watch that provides a lot of introspection to what we think as life. Through Joe and 22, it tells us to accept ourselves for who we are and also tells us to live every moment of our lives. It’s a treat for both adults and children and will leave a smile on the faces of all age groups.
Soul is streaming on Disney+ Hotstar.
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