Soul movie review: Life itself is the ultimate gig

Soul movie review: Life itself is the ultimate gig

The story centres around two souls, one dead and one unborn, but both yet to figure out life.

Soul by Pixar couldn't have released at a more perfect timing and turned out to be the christmas present we all deserve for handling this strange year. A beautifully animated work, it stunningly depicts how we run behind a greater purpose or meaning for life and in the process forget that there are a gazillion and beyond ways to live life.

The story centres around two souls, one dead and one unborn, but both yet to figure out life. For the unborn soul named No.22 (Tina Fey), the hesitation to take a literal jump to earth makes her the longest a soul has stuck around in the Great Before (the cute manufacturing unit for souls waiting to take birth on Earth) and for the dead soul, Joe Gardner (Jamie Foxx), his untimely demise puts him on a fight against the ascend of stairs to Great Beyond (the afterlife) to turn around his ill luck and be a jazz musician.
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Joe- Pixar's first african american lead, is set to coach 22, hoping to in return, turn the tables on a gig of his lifetime waiting to happen on Earth. In addition to these two, a colorful band of fun and endearing characters catapult this adventurous voyage into also a film reflecting on the essence of being. Pete Docter (director) doesn't fall short on any scenes to drive home that, ''This film is about broadening the idea of a singular focus to thinking more widely about what life has to offer and what we have to offer life" in his own words.

With plot twists, good laughs and some tear-inducing scenes, Soul strives to help us remember that amid this race to obtain a clarity of passion, to not to ignore the gentle wisdom to acknowledge the simple joys and humble routines that everyday life has to offer.

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In this year of derailed plans, the tenderness with which Soul motivates us to pick ourselves up to just start living makes it definitely worth the watch. A film like this, is perfect for grownups feeling stuck in rut, grappling with questions of existence and at the same time for kids as well, bothered about what's ahead in life. The takeaway from this therapeutic visual treat would be what 22 might definitely say, ''Keep jazzing through life!''.

Soul(2020) is now streaming on Disney+Hotstar premium.

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