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Bid good riddance to 2020 and start fresh through Disney-Pixar's newest film.
BY OLEEN FLORENDO
IMAGES FROM DISNEY
Disney and Pixar's latest feature-film is here to impart to us a life lesson we've forgotten is an essential. Featuring Pixar's first African-American lead and a predominantly black cast, this arrives at a trying time where we could all use a sliver of hope.
Directed and co-written by Pete Docter, Soul is set in New York City where we follow Joe Gardner (voiced by Jamie Foxx), a middle school band teacher, who's set on becoming a jazz pianist much to his mother's dismay. When the school decides to make his position full-time with work benefits the gig-economy can only dream of, an opportunity to land his biggest break with jazz legend, Dorothea Williams, comes running.
But fate had other things in store. Soon after, Joe's soul gets separated from his body and he finds himself inside an otherworldly realm. Unable to come to terms with his death, he finds a way to escape and meets 22 (voiced by Tina Fey), a young soul, in the Great Before. Trouble comes later when 22 and Joe would find themselves on Earth living in the wrong bodies a la Freaky Friday. It’s a journey of learning how it is to be human and finding soul in the familiar.
Here are five reasons why you shouldn’t miss out on watching Pixar-Disney’s Soul:
1. It holds promises of a shift in perspective
Nearly a year under quarantine and a series of unfortunate events later, it just seems right to start our year with an uplifting introspective experience. Soul's enchanting and tender encounter with the mundane will bring in a shift in perspective to a world that's been roughed up by a pandemic.
Unborn soul 22 is a reminder of how it feels to see the world with fresh eyes. It's seeing beauty in how the morning light slips through the spaces of leaves, it's the sound of shared laughter from a distant table, it's the gentle rustling of the wind from above, and it's the glorious taste of pizza at first bite. What Joe sees as “regular old living”, 22 sees as a momentous new experience.
2. It’s a love letter to everyone on a quest to find their purpose
Young Joe already knew early on he wanted a career in jazz and was certain that this would be his life-long purpose. Determined to pursue this passion but unsuspecting of life's rocky roads, he later loses sight of what it means to actually live as he puts himself into a singular goal.
Soul stirs new realizations to society’s perpetual pursuit of finding one's purpose, and is a testament that there are lessons that might only resonate with us later on—no matter how straightforward and simple it may seem. And in true Pixar fashion, it’s a love letter that might just leave you in tears.
3. It's helmed by the same director of Inside Out and Up
Disney and Pixar have always known their way around the human experience, and for director Pete Docter, who has already shared profound stories on how our emotions work and that pursuing dreams knows no age—there’s more to tell.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, the emphasis on our regular human experiences separates Soul from the rest. It brings the same tender emotions but surrounded with less complexity. Docter and co-writer Kemp Powers will continue to serve gospel in Soul that we could all get behind.
4. Undoubtedly the most relatable Pixar film to the adult experience...so far
We're no strangers to inspiring stories that tug the hearts of both children and adult viewers alike, but unlike Pixar’s previous features, this will hit close to home on what it's like to be an adult.
It presents a world that constantly demands us to be more and a protagonist who thinks personal achievements are measurements of satisfaction—but it’s here to tell you that’s not how it should work. Soul captures this unspoken pressure, as though our life choices are always under someone else's scrutiny forcing us to keep up, and dreams that won't necessarily pay the bills right off the bat.
5. A feast on the eyes for the travel-hungry
As most of us continue to long for the spaces beyond our homes and the nearest grocery, Soul will take you to new places filled with realism so endearing and an abstract void so enchanting, it can momentarily transport you elsewhere.
Whether it's in the vibrant and immersive city of New York or it's the pastel-colored and whimsical Great Beyond, both serve as a welcome reprieve from our daily routines at home. It’s a visual masterpiece with a playful jazz scoring that will help shake off the pains of the year 2020.
Soul is now showing in cinemas at the following Ayala Malls, located in cities under Modified GCQ: Ayala Malls Legaspi (Albay), Ayala Malls Solenad (Laguna), Ayala Malls Centrio (Misamis Oriental), Ayala Malls Capitol Central (Negros Occidental), Ayala Malls Harbor Point (Zambales). Book your tickets now at sureseats.com.