Pixar, you have done it again! I honestly wish I knew how they are always coming up with these fresh and new ideas but I don’t think I will ever come close. I was initially on the fence about Soul when I first heard about it though I can’t remember why now. My doubts were for nothing and I do believe that this is one of the best movies to have come out of this year.
The story follows Joe (Jamie Foxx) a middle school band teacher who is still waiting for his life to start. His life long dream was to break into the jazz scene – turns out he’s actually a great musician – but unfortunately it never worked out. In an unlikely turn of events, Joe is transported to another realm where he must help a soul by the name of 22 (Tina Fey) find their passion.
By helping 22, Joe will also help himself, and in the process, he will learn what it means to have a soul.
So first of all, the graphics in this were brilliant. The way that New York was depicted was so vibrant and realistic which surprised me. In addition, the scenes that took place in the other realm were detailed and colourful that it really did feel out of this world. I was very impressed.
I also loved the casting choices. Jamie Foxx was the perfect choice for Joe and Tina Fey as 22 really tied everything up nicely. They had a great on screen friendship that I enjoyed watching blossom. They were joined by other talented Black artists such as Questlove as fellow musician Curly, Daveed Diggs as Joe’s acquaintance Paul and Angela Bassett as jazz singer Dorothea. Plus, who could leave out the hilarious Graham Norton whose portrayal of Moonwind was top notch?
The best part of all, however, was the story and how beautiful it was. It hits you right in the feels and doesn’t let go until the final moment. It also makes you think about life and the many ups and downs someone can face throughout the course of time that they are on this earth. Soul helps you realize that living every day to the fullest is important, regardless of how you do it.
I truly believe that Soul is a movie that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Everyone can relate to it in one way or another and that is really special.