‘Soul’ Starring Jaime Foxx has a Christmas release date. Here’s what the critics are saying about Pixar’s newest original film.
Written by: Kelly Levine – October 12th, 2020 8:02 pm pst
Looks like we won’t have to wait till 2021 for another Disney film after all. The company recently made the shocking decision to bypass a big-screen release for the new Pixar animation Soul and debut the film on their streaming platform Disney+ instead. Due to the coronavirus pandemic that is still sweeping the United States, a majority of movie theaters remain closed. Thus, many production companies have made the decision to push back all new releases to 2021 or 2022. Despite taking this approach with some films, Disney has decided to go the same path with Soul that they went with 2020’s September release, Mulan. However, Soul will not require the same thirty dollar fee it took to stream Mulan. The movie is expected to be free to watch on December 25th for everyone who has a Disney+ subscription. This will probably make Soul the only wide Christmas release this year.
Soul being accessible to all isn’t the only reason to get excited about the flick. Starring the multi-talented Jaime Foxx, Soul tells the story of a musician named Joe Gardner who has lost his passion for music and is transported out of his body. In order to find his way back he must rely on an infant soul learning about herself.
Soul also marks the first Pixar film to center on a black main character. The film has already been screened to several critics at the Rome Film Festival and London Film Festival. Reviews so far are glowing, with the movie being called another classic for Pixar Studios. Even those who are normally critical of Pixar and Disney have declared the film a return to form for the studio which has skewed more toward sequels recently. Soul is a completely original concept, which many have said is the strongest aspect of the film.
Reviewers have come in droves to praise the animated feature. Joe Utichi of Deadline called the movie a, “concrete return to the Pixar of old, full of grand ideas and original execution, and a statement of intent for Docter’s steering of the Pixar ship away from endless sequels and back to inventive originals.” Another reviewer, Jason Solomons from The Wrap was convinced that Soul, “will light up Christmas Day, no problem.” Many have also praised Foxx’s voice performance and that of his co-star Tina Fey, who plays the infant soul. Others have said that we might even have to rearrange our top Pixar films in order to include Soul.
Another one of the most highly praised aspects of the film was of course it’s music. Being a story about a jazz musician, the soundtrack had to match the expertise of the main character. The score, which is composed by the Academy Award winning Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, with jazz interludes arranged by John Batiste, strives to be authentic. Indiewire’s Kaleem Aftab called the score a, “dizzying combination of musical identities that underscore the movie’s layered trajectory.” It’s also worth noting that the film’s star, Jaime Foxx, is already an accomplished musician and singer. He even won an Oscar for portraying legendary blind musician Ray Charles. Leslie Felperin of The Hollywood Reporter said that the soundtrack is, “possibly the best soundtrack in a Pixar film since the first Toy Story.”
If the reviews are anything to go by, Soul is definitely worth the wait until Christmas. People of all ages are bound to enjoy the life transcending story. With the combination of an amazing story and music, Soul might just be a classic musical for years to come, and we haven’t had a proper Pixar musical since 2017’s Coco. Soul will offer us our first new singalong in three years, and on the plus side, you can sing as loud as you want at home. Do you have plans to watch Soul on Disney+?
About The Author:
Kelly Levine is a screenwriting student at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, and an intern at AfterBuzz TV. She hopes to one day pursue a career in television writing and production. Kelly loves television, movies, and all things nerdy in pop culture!
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