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You might have heard of everyone talking about the 2020 Disney movie Soul. Why has it become so popular and why is it getting such positive reviews? What is it about this Pixar/ Disney produced movie that is making everyone talk so positively about it?
Ever since Walt Disney himself stopped producing and animating, Disney had come up with a different style and culture of animation along the way, adding social causes such as feminism, empowerment and straying away from the old fashioned, princess gets saved by the prince phenomenon. However popular the new Disney movies have become, the old Disney animation, storyline and aesthetic was top tier. So why is Soul being praised so much by even those who gate-keep the old Disney movies?
Soul is a Disney Animated film about a school band teacher who gets the chance of his lifetime, to perform at a top jazz club which has been his dream for a long time. However, before he gets the chance to fulfil his life long dream, he meets with an accident which takes him to a place which is inhabited by million souls who are ready to begin new lives on earth. This place is called The Great Before.
The concept of this movie is very deep and emotional. Even the animation has been considered one of Disney’s best for this decade. The animation is very intricate and detailed. The song score and soundtrack is very personal with well written lyrics. The animation is so intricate with the details that it actually looks very realistic and adds more emotion to the film and for the viewers.
This is actually on of Pixar’s first adult movie. This movie explores ideas of existentialism, the purpose of life, mortality and its importance, and most importantly, the meaning of life and what life actually means.
From the starting of the movie till the end, the movie is filled with emotionally packed scenes. Since the main character is 22 years old, the movie is quite understandable and all ages can relate as the movie hits right where it has to. This movie sets a very emotional atmosphere and is a very good feel-good movie.
Critics have been giving positive reviews about the movie. Rotten Tomatoes has rated the movie a whopping 88%. IMDB has rated the movie 8.1 which is considered extraordinary. Critics have stated that Pixar has proved that it can make movies for all ages with this movie.
The movie released during the end of December 2020. Even the cast of this movie is so diverse, talented and absolutely incredible. It stars Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Angela Bassett, Richard Ayoade and Graham Norton.
When it comes to the Academy Awards, or commonly known as the Oscars, Animated movies rarely get nominated for best picture. However, critics are predicting that this movie might win an Oscar or two. Due its sophisticated storytelling and deep meaning, there is a chance that the movie might be nominated for best picture. However, the chances are high and likely that this movie will win best animated feature.
This movie is available to watch on Disney Plus.
By Meena Atmakuri