Pixar’s “Soul”: is it worth a watch?


(Disney/Pixar) from Tribune News Service

In “Soul,” a middle-school band teacher finds himself in the Great Before, where new souls get their personalities before they go to Earth.

Nicole Canfield, Reporter

This past December, Disney Plus released “Soul” the new Pixar Animation movie. If you love music, it’s definitely worth your time. This film is sure to spark some joy.

The movie has a similar style to Pixar Animation features “Inside Out” (2015) and “Coco” (2017). If you enjoyed these, there is no doubt this movie will pique your interest.

“Soul” follows the life of aspiring musician Joe Gardner (voiced by Jamie Foxx), whose goal is to perform jazz gigs with a band. Unfortunately, it isn’t as easy as it seems. As the perfect opportunity arises for him to follow his passion, he falls into an open sewer and gets trapped in a seemingly other dimension. 

Joe becomes stuck in the “Great Before” as a small soul. Trying to get back to earth, he meets a soul named 22 (voiced by Tina Fey). As 22 deals with their own struggles in the Great Before, both try to overcome their conflicts together. With the help of 22, Joe learns to savor the small moments, and how life isn’t just defined by one specific goal. 

I would rate this movie four out of five stars. The style of the characters, parts of the story such as a setting that isn’t just earth, and the overall humor of the movie are not as unique as I would’ve hoped, and I definitely found many resemblances to previous Pixar films. However, it has such a heartwarming message, and fits comfortably in Disney’s collections of films, so it’s hard not to love. 

Due to COVID-19 and its postponed release date, it is only available to watch on Disney Plus as of right now. If you have a subscription, what are you waiting for? Grab some popcorn and a friend (preferably a healthy one) and go watch it!