PG | 1h 40min | release 25 December 2020
There’s a first for everything… so here the first review of a streaming service release, which, under 2019 circumstances it would surely have run in movie theaters and not just online (I still refuse to review concert live streams, though). Yet this movie was so impressive I simply have to write something about it.
„Soul“ is simply Pixar/Disney animations at their best: It’s funny, exciting, quirky, heartwarming, inspiring, gives you a lot to think about and some great music too. Congratulations to the authors Pete Docter, Mike Jones and Kemp Powers for wrapping so many essential concepts into a truly wonderful and entertaining movie. „Soul“ has it all, besides the quality already expressed in its title.
I don’t want to give away too much of the story… „A musician who has lost his passion for music is transported out of his body and must find his way back with the help of an infant soul learning about herself.“ And there’s a cat, pirates, stubborn buerocrats, a barber, lost souls….all voiced by Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Graham Norton, Angela Bassett, Phylicia Rashad, Daveed Daniele Diggs and many others.
Then the music – WOW. Jon Batiste (known from Stephen Colbert show) is responsible for jazz compositions and arrangements, Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) delivered the original score. A pleasure.
I bet people will discuss the content later, either for its philosophical concept or issues every family most likely faces at some point. And it’s definitely something to watch for the whole family, as there is something to enjoy for all ages (just like „Up“). And adults will surely need some tissue paper now and then …
Oh, and I am sure there will be some extremely “religious“ groups targeting „Soul“ for a perceived „controversy“ … simply ignore or see it as affirmation of quality…
What can I say, a must-watch, and thanks to the streaming service you can easily watch it again (which I will). And watch it to the very very end…