Opened: December 25, 2020
Directed by: Pete Docter
Co-Directed by: Kemp Powers
Starring: Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Graham Norton, Rachel House, Alice Braga, Richard Ayoade, Phylicia Rashad, Donnell Rawlings, Questlove, Angela Bassett, Daveed Diggs, Cora Campommier, Wes Studi, Fortune Feimster, Zenobia Shroff & June Squibb
Soul rivals Inside Out as Pixar’s most emotionally developed movie but while the latter is more catered toward children, this one will affect adults strongly.
On the day that he gets his big break as a jazz pianist, Joe Gardner (Jamie Foxx) dies. His soul pretends to be a mentor to avoid the Great Beyond and finds that his way back to Earth is by helping cynical soul 22 (Tina Fey) find their spark.
The film asks big questions of life that can’t be answered, especially what happens before we arrive and what waits after we depart. In showing that you should live every moment to its fullest, those questions don’t require answers.
Pixar once again outshines itself as it delivers stellar animation backed by great vocal performances and a resounding storyline.
Final say: It’s got a certain spark. ★★★★☆