Soul Review – Can Disney really deliver its sweetest movie gift for Christmas 2020?

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Soul is an ambitious animated feature with lush visuals, a vivid world, and a unique style all of its own.

Pixar were always going to face an uphill battle with its chosen subject matter. A film which has Jazz music and death as its focus was likely to be a difficult sell to those who come to Disney for their standard fairy tale stories and singalong songs.

For those looking for somethings a bit more and are prepared to dig a bit deeper, Soul throws up some interesting questions of obsession, life, and purpose. Many of us get stuck in the chase, looking for that high and miss the beauty we already have.

Disney’s Soul Review

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StoryStories about death are nothing new to Disney but while most tend to focus on finding a dead parent, grandparent or child, the goal here was finding ‘Self’ and fulfilment which in itself maybe a bit complex for younger minds to comprehend and maybe cause some to miss the point all together
CharactersDisney Characters are normally valued based on their ability to
(1) Make the kids fall in love with the characters and (2) sell lots of toys for Disney. Based on that criteria, this will likely be considered unsuccessful. But that doesn’t mean the characters are not great. From the ‘Jerrys’ who guard the Great Beyond’ to the mischievous baby souls to the strong cast of characters in New York and of course Joe Gardner and Soul 22. They all put in excellent comedic and where necessary emotive performances to develop and drive the story forward

Visuals/Sound Pixar continue to excel in bringing top notch animation to screen with a style unique to this film yet still easily identifiable as their brand. For a film about a music teacher, there wasn’t really any memorable songs which is unusual for Disney. But Jazz isn’t known for its ‘catchy’ pop songs so their inclusion would have seemed out of place. There is more focus on individual instruments like the Piano and Saxophone which might spark a young person’s interest in live instrumentation

EnjoymentThe movie had many fun elements and a few memorable comedic set pieces. Add to that, body swap scenarios are always amusing but the goal here was always to tell a very mature story over fun, which pushed in slightly more into a drama rather than a comedy.

Summary

Soul is an ambitious animated feature with lush visuals, a vivid world, and a unique style all of its own. Pixar were always going to face an uphill battle with its chosen subject matter.

A film which has Jazz music and Death as its focus was likely to be a difficult sell to those who come to Disney for their standard fairy tale stories and singalong songs.

For those looking for something more and are prepared to dig a bit deeper, Soul throws up some interesting questions about our success obsession, life fulfilment and purpose.
Many of us get stuck in the chase, looking for that high and miss the beauty we already have.

The film wasn’t without flaws and certainly won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but those looking for animation that goes a bit deeper, might just find what they are looking for.

Pixar have taken some of the ideas they started in films like Up and Inside out and expanded on them. Well done to Disney/Pixar for trying something different

3.6
See the full official trailer for Soul here

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I just finished Soul, it’s a lovely film. Pixar have obviously been at the forefront of animation technology for the past 25 years but I so appreciate them continuing to push boundaries with the type stories animation can be used for with films like this and Inside Out.

Soul has such a powerful message – that life isn’t about finding some divine purpose or achieving great things but rather appreciating the simple beauty of the world, finding joy in the little things and making connections with other people. It might not be so easily accessible for children but I think it’ll resonate strongly with adults, both young people grinding hard to ”make something of themselves” and older people reflecting on what they’ve done with their time on earth. I had a little cry at the scene where it all comes together – great stuff!

I watched this movie last night and i am split on how i feel in regards to this movie.

On the positive, the Pixar animation in outstanding and a beauty to behold, it looks and sounds amazing and they have really gone to the extreme’s with this movie. I loved seeing this on my large TV screen. I can only imagine how beautiful this would have looked in the cinema.

Story-wise. For children, I do not think that they will grasp the full content of this movie, it feel it will resonate better with older children and adults. Whilst i did understand the story and the message that it was trying to put across, i have to be honest and say that I was disappointed by the movie. maybe i went in expecting too much, but with the history of great Pixar movies, could you blame me for that?

I did feel a bit let down by the movie, but the beauty of it makes up for what it is lacking.

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