Pixar’s latest masterpiece is now available on Disney+ to stream for free. Soul is cinema at its finest, surpassing Ratatouille as my favorite Pixar film. Do I recommend it to kids? No way. Its themes and messages will go far over their heads, in my personal opinion. And though they’ll appreciate the film’s incredible visual components, they won’t know what’s going on. This is an extremely intellectual, philosophical film. Among countless other things, it meanders through the existential crises of adult living. It honestly feels like a Pixar version of a blend of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Inside Out, Birdman, La La Land, and The Tree of Life. But it does not merely mimic these films; it synthesizes the influences into a novel, profound work of art. I’d argue that Soul is, by far, the greatest film of 2020.
The story follows Joe. He’s a middle school band teacher who dreams of being a famous jazz pianist. He is convinced that music is his life’s purpose. But this is tested when he slips into a coma after an accident. He wakes up without a body, detached from the known universe, in the netherworld where souls exist before birth and after death. He embarks upon an elaborate journey to return to his human body on Earth. On the way, he meets an unborn soul. With categorically different personalities and outlooks on human existence, they clash. Their philosophies, as well as the conclusions they draw from identical experiences, are antithetical. Their adventure is a paradigm shift, challenging their beliefs while transforming their outlooks on life.
The result is a highly emotional, challenging experience. This film shines the most in its subtle little facets, emphasizing the beauty of nature, living in the moment, and the banalities we take for granted. Of course, my interpretations of Soul are idiosyncratic—you might have completely different takes on it—but what we can all share from Soul is its beautiful, cathartic, relatable nature. It captures the essence of life in ways that transcend the constraints of non-animated films. The animation is so lifelike that you forget you’re watching an animated film at times. The dialogue—filled with memorable lines and references—is both thoughtful and hilarious. Granted, Soul starts out slow, and I felt that it would’ve had one of the best endings ever if it ended 5 minutes earlier than it did. But otherwise, it is a flawless opus by a company that continues to meticulously outperform itself with each of its brilliant films. It will win the Oscar for Best Animated Feature and perhaps find itself in the race for Best Picture. Bravo, Pixar. You embody all that is wonderful in humanity.
Update: Soul won not one but TWO Oscars, making it one of the only animated films to ever win multiple Oscars (one for best animated feature, of course, and one for best music). Very happy!
This Animation is my all time favorite ❤️ I’ve watched it like 10times now! I like everything about it especially the message it conveys and the way you break it down? OMG! That’s really amazing and very informative to whoever is yet to watch it or has watched it and didn’t really get the message 😘 thanks 😘😘
Thank you so much!!! Love that it’s your favorite. Def one of my all-time favs as well!
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This seems interesting and as a fan of Ratatouille, I am definitely going to trust your words on this film 🎥
Ha, both are so amazing! Cheers🤠
We’re about to jump on the train.
Excellent review. Now, I want to watch!
its worth ever penny
I love this movie and so does my daughter and she is 5. Not to mention the amazing music played throughout. Just a beautiful masterpiece. It has something for everyone for sure!
Love that both you and your daughter were able to experience it together. I really was wrong when I said it’s not for kids, it seems!
No…she is unusual. She also watches Mommy Movies (Hallmark) with me. Not your typical kiddo…hahaha
Haha love that!
LUKE omg I saw this movie again and um –
Totally diff experience this time. You rly get a feel for his soul – no pun intended – i luv all the ~existentialism~ scattered across it like u were sayin ❤
Love this so much. It’s a special film!
Can’t wait to see.
Let me know what ya think!
Watching this week with kids
That makes me so happy!