Movie Plot – Soul: A musician who has lost his passion for music is transported out of his body and has to find his way back with the help of a baby soul named 22.
Directors: Pete Docter, Kemp Powers
Writers: Pete Docter, Mike Jones, Kemp Powers
Cast: Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Graham Norton
Soul on Disney+
Soul is released on the streaming platform Disney+ . Of course you will come a long way if you want to choose from the impressive catalog of old animated films or if you are a big Star Wars fan. The biggest asset of the platform is the very successful series The Mandalorian.
For Mulan, the live-action adaptation of the Chinese legend that moved from the cinema to the channel, the studio charged a few tens for viewers who really couldn’t wait. When the film was finally screened ‘for free’, the extra cost was hardly worth it. It is therefore a wise choice to make the latest Pixar production Soul available immediately at no extra cost. In my opinion, that’s a smart move.
It is the first pixar film set in the afro-american communities. Of course it is also a scene in a barbershop, which was also a nice scene. Such a barbershop even seems to me to be fun and very social. On top of that, the film is directed by Pete Docter. If that name doesn’t mean anything to you, he’s the one who directed Inside Out. And that is one of the strongest Pixar movies, so that says it all.
Soul shoots in all directions and will appeal to a mature audience because of the long and dragging dialogues and the somewhat complex and serious theme.
The central figure Joe is a jazz musician at heart. But his demanding mother sees little future in it. So, against his will, the pianist has become a music teacher in high school. Much to his frustration, the kids there can’t play music – except for a few – and some are completely a disaster on music level. Just on the day he is offered a permanent contract, including pension and health insurance, a former student calls him. Joe gets the chance to play with his great idol, saxophonist Dorothea Williams. Unfortunately, when everything seems to turn to his favor, he dies. Well not really, it’s more like that he’s in a coma.
What makes Soul completely unique, however, is the feather-light treatment of such heavy themes as death and the meaning of life.
When his soul travels to another world, the great beyond, Joe doesn’t want to accept his death. He escapes and ends up in the ‘the great before’; the place where souls are bred before they travel to earth and take possession of bodies. That’s where he meets “22” who is still looking for her spark so her soul would become complete. And you need that before you can go to earth. Disguised as a mentor Joe decides to make an attempt; as long as he is in time for the dress rehearsal with Dorothea.
Soul knows how to tell the story of life after death. More about it, it tells a story about life at the same time. Sounds complicated, but the film does an excellent job of explaining it more simply. Joe is someone who loves his passion, and was just about to have the time of his life. However, passions can also become obsessions, and then you become a lost soul.
There is more than work and passion alone, being passionate is good, an obsession is not. Sometimes everyday things can inspire you. Soul is incredibly beautiful but also complex. A little too complicated for children, if you ask me. Still, I think they’re going to enjoy the beautiful colors.
Soul is made breathtakingly beautiful and the passion and “soul” that has been put into it evokes a lot of respect and admiration. It delivers a message that questioned my own life.