Director: Pete Docter, Kemp Powers
Starring: Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Graham Norton, Rachel House
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
“Is all this living really worth dying for?”
A powerful pretender for the Best Animated Feature (Academy Awards), Soul is a love letter to life. I think everyone lost the joy to live sometimes, when everything became monotonous, dull, or when you are too busy to see the world around you – how beautiful this world is. That’s the moral of this astonishing Pixar film.
The story follows Joe, a musician who struggles to become an important musician like his idols. But something happens and he dies. Trying to get back to his life, he tricks the “system” and arrives in a place “before life” where souls travel to Earth to a new body. This concept is so interesting – souls with personality, ambition, and other features. So, he is confused as a tutor for the young, inexperienced souls.
He meets an unbearable soul, who doesn’t want to go to Earth, saying it is the worst place to be. From now, they will learn life is so beautiful but only if you know how to live it – enjoying every moment, even if it’s an insignificant one, like the song of a bird, or the sound of leaves taken by the wind. I’d say this movie has more relevance and impact for an adult than a child.
The characters are very well constructed. 22 has an interesting story arc, even though it’s foreseeable. Joe is the type of person who finds out he only lives once, and you have to achieve everything you proposed. The music is one of the reasons I pressed the “play” button. I’ve been a jazz fan since I was a kid. I can assure you this film has great music.
I think this is one of the best animations I’ve seen in the last couple of years. You’ll love it too, I’m sure. So, enjoy it, and stay safe!
“I know all about sparks because mine is piano.”