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Soul 2020

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Soul is another triumph for Pixar
About the meaning and purpose of life and trying to find yourself in there
Funny, Emotional and Fullfilling

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An amazing movie, and a masterclass in storytelling and existentialism without beating you over the head with it.

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That was... fine? Not amazing. Sure, the core message is cute and meaningful, but something about the execution leaves much to be desired. This is nowhere near the brilliance and depth of Coco, nor does it have anywhere near the emotional catharsis of Inside Out. Still better than most animation movies out there, clearly, but not one of Pixar's best.

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The message of Soul is what sticks out the most and the more one thinks about it, the better it becomes. Another major achievement from Pixar.

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don't worry about finding your spark or your purpose

just living and appreciating life to the fullest is worth the time

besides the story. I really really liked the art style of this film.. it was so unique and empowered the story

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A bit too difficult of a topic to put to film and though the story was well done, everything else about it was more confusing than not. Inside Out tackled emotions perfectly, Coco handled death and finding yourself perfectly. This just.... kind of meandered in the middle of both while not really succeeding or failing. Not a bad movie but not anywhere near mind-blowing Pixar level either.

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I cried and I never cry watching anything

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This movie is one awesome way to end 2020.

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This is the movie the world needs now. I've got nothing else to say. And now I understand why the Knicks suck.

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Pleasant film.

'Soul' didn't connect with me on any deep level, but it is an undoubtedly sweet film. It attempts a lot of heart and I respect that. Jamie Foxx has been in some of my favourite films and he is good as Joe here. I also like the casting of Graham Norton as Moonwind.

One thing that probably stopped me thoroughly enjoying this is the animation and character design, particularly when in the "Great Beyond". It's not that it looks bad, or anything close, but I just found it a bit too plain. I never felt attached to any of the characters or settings there. I did, though, enjoy the sounds and music, especially in the aforementioned afterlife area. They do do that nicely.

It's definitely a good film and one with a nice and honourable message, I just needed that something extra to enjoy it more personally.

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My favourite Pixar film since Up. I think Pete Doctor is peak Pixar.

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«We don’t assign purposes. Where did you get that idea? [...]
A spark isn’t a soul’s purpose.
Oh, you mentors and your passions. Your purposes. Your meanings of life. So basic».
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«Non assegniamo scopi. Come ti è venuto in mente? [...] La scintilla non è lo scopo di una persona. Oh, voi mentori e le vostre passioni. I vostri scopi e il senso della vita! Così basici!».

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Gorgeous!!! I'm all about this message that you do not need to lead a great big successful life/career for your life to have meaning. I do think it might have been a little abstract for little kids who were watching to get it, but hey i'm glad i counted as the target audience for this cus I truly had a great time watching it. Beautiful music, beautiful animation and such great humour too!! Pixar is killing it.

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This movie has a lot of... personality (pysch, gotcha.)

Seriously, though, I had mentioned before that The Good Dinosaur had the best-looking animation in a Pixar film. Well, it's absolutely been usurped. This film balances extremely detailed textures and, er, details with some of the most unique character designs I've ever seen (in regards to the soul world).

The wacky hijinks in the second act felt kind of derivative, like they just did what was expected of a typical kid's movie, but that climactic scene was so full of emotion. It's hard to fault this movie for anything major because it simply shines in almost every way, from the animation, to the music, to even the voice acting (Jaime Foxx pulled all the stops!).

Plus, I really enjoy jazz music, so I might be a little biased.

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This is amazing, enjoyed it very much.

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deep stuff this one, PIXAR.

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[Disney +] Pete Doctor said at BFI London that "Inside out" had prepared him for "Soul". It's, in fact, a more complex film, a reflection on the "soul" that makes us who we are, a life lesson that is committed to enjoying it every minute. Technically, it's perhaps the best Pixar film, the most open in design, the one that combines in a three-dimensionality of a place outside of space and time that is overwhelming.

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The most mature and deep movie from Pixar I've ever watched. It is a so heartwarming story and the music was just so well worked. I loved it.

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There's some minor stuff to nipick, like the short Jerry stuff doesn't add much, but fuck man, I teared up during this. An absolutely wonderful film I would show to anyone, everyone who worked on this film should be proud of themselves.

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a masters take on “it’s in the little things”

OR the most beautiful film that’s ever made me question my existence

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A really enjoyable movie to very likely close out 2020 from my movie list.

Superb animation as always, superb thought and detail in the scenes. The star of the film... the cat! Love the cat - the poise and balance an overweight feline can have on a slim shoulder... wow

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Truly a phenomenal movie. The film was a little more predictable than I would’ve preferred but it worked in this case. It simply worked to drive home the ultimate point of the movie: it was never about having a single purpose in life. The cute and funny moments we got as we watched the movie are ultimately a metaphor for the way you should be living your life. I would really recommend this film to anyone and all ages, because it’s never too late to start living, not even for Joe.

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For me, Soul sits solidly in the mid-tier for Pixar, which of course means that it's still better than at least 90% of other films. Likely would have still been in 2020's top ten films even if all the original releases went as planned for the year.

(My viewing of this was slightly hampered by the fact that in the UK, the BBC chose Coco as it's Christmas Day offering and Coco is arguably Pixar's best film, so it did sadly overshadow Soul just a bit).

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I loved this, just like I loved inside out, but in the end I hoped to see 22 life and how it turned out, I wanted to know so badly

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Existentialism without the yada yada. I really enjoyed it!

Go for it. That's it. Enjoy.


2.5 points -> Cinematography (0-3)
1.6 points -> Acting and Characters (0-2)
2.5 points -> Plot (0-3)
0.9 points -> Score (0-1)

0.8 -> enjoyed the movie. (0-1)

Aka. 8.3 points

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The concept that a person's personality and character traits are formed and locked-down before they're even conceived is a very problematic message to have.
A couple of scenes were handled better, albeit a little hamfisted, namely the barber shop scene, the one where Joe talked to 22's lost soul, and the ending.
The jazz music was rather unremarkable and too "mystical".

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As others have said, way better than most animation movies nowadays, as usual. However, it's nowhere near Pixar's best, like Inside Out. It looks stunning and the concept is interesting, so I'm not really sure why it didn't really resonate with me. It tries to explore pretty profound topics, but ends up being a little basic.

I mean, yeah, enjoy the little things, I guess. Is that it...?

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This movie was just good, the message is conveyed yet, there is something missing. I would've loved to see 22 turned into a future daughter of Joe. Besides, there is no information on Joe's love, definitely there was something missing. The message kind of reminds me of this Colourful anime movie.

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I think that was the first Pixar movie that I din't cry. Still good, but someting's missing.

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There go Pixar and their amazing movie. God, the amination is just so beautiful. This is the kind of movie that you should watch in the theater, the applause after the movie end, amazing soundtrack as well

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This was as confusing as Tenner. Ok, I'm just kidding. But it will take a couple of viewings to understand the world rules set by the writer. I'm sure the movie lost the kids audience during the first minutes in the afterword.

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Did he commit suicide at one point?

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I was a little cautious, because it’s becoming a trend that mainstream animated entertainment can lean toward become preachers, peddling cultural theology, worshipping science or the self, and the title seemed prime for that bend, but this movie grooves at a different level. I think people of all religious stripes will see a common life lesson here. Beyond that, it’s fun, beautifully animated, wonderfully cast and just a really great movie (and you don’t have to love jazz to like it, but if you do, that’s a bonus). I give this film an 8 (great) out of 10 [Animated Fantastic Adventure]

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while I am happy to see Disney being so ambitious I found that like some other animated “issue movies” it had to do so much explaining and jumping through increasingly tangled narrative hoops that it lost coherence by the end.

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This is the most bizarre animation movie yet. Definitely not a kids movie. Weird scenario from the get go.
Terrible!!

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An okay movie, enjoyable but not a masterpiece.

The movie feels rushed, and that is probably because the character dies within the first 5 minutes without even knowing the character, the naming is confusing when the movie talks about 'jazz' as 'a spark' and actually is about character.

Animation is top notch, but again, I feel since pixar is part of Disney everything seems rushed. You can see the rendering is probably the best as it can be in animation, but the cookie cutter characters design feels very 'rushed'. The design feels copied from 'Coco' and 'Inside out', same goes for the storyline, so no originality there.

All and all a enjoyable movie, top notch animation, feels like rushed copy/paste story and execution.

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My guess is they tried to create an intellectual film such as Inside-out but focusing this time on souls but they failed because maybe souls are more complex than thoughts or maybe not more complex but more controversial. What is a soul after all? I liked the film. It strated slow, I perceived, but eventually it became another good picture from Pixar. I am sorry, I could not avoid to note this absurd: if souls don't have senses like touch or taste, why do they hear?

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Incredible inspiring movie,
Teach you that life is not about goals, achievements and careers, it's about enjoying whatever you do and every minute of it.

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The switching bodies thing is so overdone now, but this film really uses it to it's advantage and is probably one of the best example of it done well.

Here i think that the first and second act were good, but I was wondering where the Pixar spark was. But then the third act came in and swept the floor with their emotionally manipulative and stupidly good story telling.

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It was very mature storytelling For a Disney movie And makes you think

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This movie falls somewhere in the middle of the Pixar catalog of movies. I've seen much better and definitely much worse. The themes in the movie are excellent as is the final scene. The problem that the movie has is that from an enjoyable perspective it is just average.

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Let me start by saying that when they went that way with the New York Knicks, I laughed so hard, it has been awhile since a joke landed so amazingly for me!

Anyway Pixar's Soul has a lot of Soul, it has all the working Pixar ingredients, Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey are having chemistry, the premise is great, what I got out of it is that you have to enjoy the little things in life. And the animation was solid like always.

But I was shocked it only clocked in at 90 minutes. Loved the ending but it was all so sudden. Because it said 110 minutes on Disney Plus and it has 20 minutes of credits. That must be one of the longer ones?

Soul is a delightful trip and a great way to start what hopefully is an amazing 2021!

Happy New Year!!!

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This movie was deep on so many levels...well done PIXAR.

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A very enjoyable movie. Pixar knocks it out of the park again. There's something really special about their animation style that I have not seen in other animation studios.
The journey Joe Gardner goes on is enjoyable, educational, and emotional. And the music is really great. It's always great to hear Jazz, Blues, Soul music as the musical score to a movie rather than hip-hop and pop.

How I rate:
1-3 :heart: = seriously! don't waste your time
4-6 :heart: = you may or may not enjoy this
7-8 :heart: = I expect you will like this too
9-10 :heart: = movies and TV shows I really love!

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Chubby fat cat. Just watch it.

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3 Thoughts After Watching ‘Soul’:

  1. The film was super cute and creative, but it’s the message that really stands out here. Such a beautiful reminder to — no matter your passions and the ambitions they carry you to — cherish the journey of your life. The grand act of simply being alive. It’s ALL that matters in the end.

  2. I really enjoyed the score, the way it contributed to the dreamy, surreal atmosphere of the realms beyond earth. The jazz. The emotion. Beautiful.

  3. It felt similar to other Pixar titles to me. A little Inside Out. A little Up. The short Out. Even a little Wreck It Ralph. So it didn’t feel wholly original. But still sweet.

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I’ve seen more better from pixar and felt this one was lacking that spark but i did enjoy it, it’s got a warming message and deep and all very true so yeah overall lovely film.

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Amazing movie about living and how you are living your life. Lessons about passion and purpose, and a great message. It was just an awesome movie.

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Its an ok movie. Really over hyped and can be a but arty farty, but it is about jazz. Some good funny bits but it felt too much like Inside Out which again wasnt the best.

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I don't think this will be as memorable as certain other Pixar films - Inside Out, Toy Story, Coco - but it's still pretty good. Perhaps this is one that will resonate more with adults, especially those who are jaded, tired, and frustrated with the struggles of life.

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this film made me cry, TWICE. I am even getting teary-eyed while writing this.
For all of us, 2020 has been a really tough year, here's to another year of living and being alive!
an absolute joy to watch! stay safe and happy people, and happy holidays!!

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Such beauty and amazing story. Thank you Pixar team!

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That gave me back hope into movies after the disappointment of ww84 last night.

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A beautiful message. That was a very good moment watching this movie.

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I watched it in a loud crowded living room on Christmas. So I can’t say I got to get completely into it or hear it lol. From what I did get from it. I expected better from the great reviews. Though there were touching and funny moments.

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Perfect animated feature for 9 year old jazz aficionados in therapy for their mid life crisis.

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Nice, Cute, Funny, amazing and great with a lot of :heart:, typical Pixar bullshit.

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Beautiful film; classic Pixar. Really makes you think.

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Great movie for both young and „old“. Surprisingly deep for a movie by Disney but it has also a lot of charme and humor. Highly recommend „Soul“.

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Boring movie. I fell asleep

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The movie is GREAT! It gets really good and emotional by the last 30 minutes. I only gave it an 8 because I like shorter stories. The movie is 1h40min. I get that they create situations to build context, but maybe if it was like 1h20 without losing the message and emotions it would be a 10. Some jokes are not that funny too - veeery simple jokes like that one of the cat falling off the hospital bed, maybe aimed for kids - but the final message is good. Pixar really knows how to touch people.

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2020-12-26T01:03:32Z— updated 2020-12-29T00:14:53Z

Pixar has managed to combine the best musical elements of Whiplash and Her with the existential ones of The Truman Show in a little over 90 minutes. The Christmas present we all deserve after this year.

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One of those Pixar movies that makes parents feel a lot more than kids. Creative and with the purpose of touching us to think about our purpose. Amazing

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Disney presents: :asterisk_symbol::asterisk_symbol:Ya like jazz?:asterisk_symbol::asterisk_symbol:

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