Movie Review: The food for the soul…
Pixar’s Soul is about a jazz pianist who has a near-death experience and gets stuck in the afterlife, contemplating his choices and regretting the existence that he mostly took for granted. It all starts when the protagonist Joe (Jamie Foxx) meets with an accident and ends up comatose.
Joe was finally offered a staff job at his school, then nailed an audition with a visiting jazz legend who had invited him to play with her that night. After his near-lethal pratfall, Joe’s soul is sent to the Great Beyond—a cosmic foyer with a long walkway, where souls lineup before heading toward a white light. Joe isn’t ready for The End, so he flees in the other direction, falls off the walkway, and ends up in a brightly colored yet still-purgatorial zone known as The Great Before.
Here he assumes the identity of an acclaimed Swedish psychologist and mentors a problem blip known only by her number, 22 (Tina Fey). Twenty-two didn’t even want to be tutored by Carl Jung and Abraham Lincoln so can Joe help her?
Though the premise of the movie sounds heavy, it’s actually a kindhearted and witty film. The dialogues and animation are one of the best by Pixar. And the story would only be appreciated more with time. Overall, a great movie to watch.