Soul

 (2,763)8.11 h 40 min2020X-RayPG
Jamie Foxx leads an all-star cast in this hilarious, heart-filled adventure. Pixar’s SOUL introduces Joe, who lands the gig of his life at the best jazz club in town. But one misstep lands Joe in a fantastical place: The Great Before. There, he teams up with soul 22 (Tina Fey), and together they find the answers to some of life’s biggest questions.
Directors
Pete DocterKemp Powers
Starring
Jamie FoxxTina FeyAngela Bassett
Genres
ComedyAnimation
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]
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CCReviewed in the United States on March 28, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
AMAZING.
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Absolutely gorgeous film. Unique design. Amazing music and imagery. Dare I say the best Pixar film I have seen? Yes. I cried, I laughed, I will be watching again and again.
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SakuteikiReviewed in the United States on April 4, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
samara winged helicopter maple seed wisdom: appreciate each moment, stay away from processed foods
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Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Tao Te Ching

Soul is Pixar's coming of age tale: a visual maturation in real time of duty to see if you are looking,
listen if you are hearing,
savor if you are eating,
smell if you are breathing,
feel empathy for the impact on others of your actions and behaviors
and gratitude for being alive.
Also get a good haircut and wear clean tidy threads.

Each Soul searches for meaning.
Pixar magicians depict uniquely human hands creating music, connected with seeds anticipating life:
joy pain sadness falling failure, disappointment, bagel generosity, sewn threads in a circle of caring, road lollies for uncertainty about the journey, and learning, while walking in someone else's meat suit, self acceptance.

Revolution epiphany always entails the drudgery of responsibility,
consequences as the culmination of all our life choices.
Jerry Counselors inspire us to find our own spark, given our personality temperament and luck, the enthusiasm which keeps us living from day to day.
Mentors help guide us to finding our own interpretation of the meaning of life: Nood 22 innocent and naive channels Joe's memories fears and passion in new directions, Philly bearded Dez barber-psychotherapist, Mom and Aunties form a web of emotional support, even Paul the neighborhood hater has something to teach about apology, reaching out and embracing.

Whatever is, is the gift.
Gratitude for life is seeking moments of peace and joy in what is.

Lost Souls are obsessed with something that disconnects them from life:
addictive compulsions,
secretive insecurities like Paul who habitually criticizes others
to distract from disappointment in his own failed aspirations.

Nood 22, a before earth You Seminar unshaped soul, connects with Paul with apology and road lolly by just going with her intuition in Joe's meat suit.

Collected memories can be lost in dementia, recalled through photos, mementos pizza crust, bagel shared, thread covering underpants, even a subway ticket shared with others in their own zones of reverie.

Accountant Terry cautions "Seriously, stay away from processed foods"
his multiple abacuses (abaci) logging souls prematurely entered into the Great Beyond.
book The China Study Campbell 20 years research what goes into the stomach and well being . . . or not.

On the moving walkway to the Great Void there is a 106yo Blue Zones Japanese,
an Inukitut who dreams of whales and some who have lost their pants.

As morality play, Soul evolves from You Seminar, before life unshaped purple eyed nood souls,
with a Jerry Native American counselor, through gifts of personality, temperament,
life experiences on Earth, emotions, finally the moving escalator to the Great Beyond.
Who we are now is the summary of all our prior choices.
DVD Dhamma Brothers documentary 10 day meditation training, years later follow up
DVD Departures Oscar 2008 Best Foreign film learning self and other forgiveness before parenting.

Soul is a 5* parable decorated with mesmerizing in the zone jazz, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington,
Museum of African American Art and Culture creations in Joe's apartment,
Moonwind's hip hop sign dancing, busker subway strumming, existential complexity and laughter.
PS Mitten, as therapy animal gives grateful meaning, to the term fat cat 😉
10 people found this helpful
Terri MoneysmithReviewed in the United States on April 1, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
NOT for children
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It is NOT a comedy but rather depressing about seath Kids will NEVER be entertained by this
11 people found this helpful
Michael GriswoldReviewed in the United States on July 25, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Life in Movie Form
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Soul was one of the most penetrating movies that I have ever seen. Underneath all the animated figures, it tackled so many big issues such as: What are we doing with the one life that we have been given? Are we living a life of passion and purpose or are we just merely existing on the planet until our clocks run out? And most prominently for me, are we too busy looking for this next, newest, greatest, brightest, shiniest, thing that we are too busy to see both the everyday joys of the life we have and the impact we are having on other people’s lives right now? That’s an awful lot to pack into ninety minutes.

Even more impressive they were able to do all this without losing all of the lightheartedness that Disney-Pixar movies should be about in my view. The story of Joe and 22 just sucks you in to the point where you are rooting for 22 to finally make it to Earth and that just maybe Joe will get a second chance and you become terrified that he won’t. Soul was one of those movie experiences that stays with the viewer after they’ve watched it, which is rare in a universe where so many movies are in and out of our consciousness within a few hours or days. I think the kids will love Joe and 22 and the adults in the audience will have to do some major life examination.

Soul is the perfect example of what a movie could/should be in that it’s highly entertaining yet leaves space for a deeper meaningful conversation.
5 people found this helpful
Joan A. LansberryReviewed in the United States on April 19, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very enjoyable movie we'll want to rewatch...
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Had the covid not hit, we'd have seen this on the big screen. And also bought the DVD, because I know we'll re-watch it. Very engaging story, full of charm! I loved the characters.
8 people found this helpful
Aileen C.Reviewed in the United States on March 28, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent Movie!
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By far, the best heartwarming movie of the year thus far!
9 people found this helpful
dinosnakeReviewed in the United States on July 4, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Spectacular. In concept and execution
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Wow. I just finished the movie and I am unsure of how to express my reactions. Possibly, for the first time, the animators took a very, very deep look at a very serious topic, delving into the metaphysical nature of what something we all take for granted. What does life really mean? Is there a purpose?

And, just as importantly, must we really have one at all?

They create a world of imagination, of illusion, inside something that is an illusion itself - an animated movie - in an attempt to present the question to the viewer. And, maybe, bring an answer to it as well.

A very adult look into life, and the afterlife.
3 people found this helpful
John Michael AlbertReviewed in the United States on May 22, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Extraordinary story; lived up to Pixar's sterling reputation
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I was very eager to see this CD. Of course, Disney made it anything but simple. They released it as a Region 2 DVD in England but thought they'd pump up their market in the US by only making it available on their own network. Boo! Hiss!

Meanwhile, a great seller found me a Region 1 copy and I gobbled it up. Tremendous, creative story about the idea of immortality in a jazz context, with Pixar's typical sidetracks of the tale, filling out "minor" characters. Always a balance of humor and seriousness. Just love it!
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