It feels like we have been hearing and talking about Pixar’s next film, Soul, for a while. Much like everything else on the theatrical calendar, the animated soul-searcher (pun intended) has been delayed, though it now has a Disney+ date on the calendar – more on that in a moment. Directed by Pete Docter (Up), the movie finally started to screen for critics, mainly because it was part of the program at this year’s BFI London Film Festival. So, where will Soul fit in the pantheon of Pixar greatness?
Let’s kick things off with The Hollywood Reporter, which admits that it is reacting to the movie “while the music is still ringing in my ears and the tears still drying,” but instantly puts Soul in the upper tier of Pixar features.
IndieWire celebrates one element of Soul that is being highlighted in every review: Its emphasis on a Black lead character. Joe (Jamie Foxx) is a middle-school band teacher whose interest in jazz music follows him through the afterlife after Joe dies in a tragic accident. IndieWire notes:
Empire dials it back slightly in its review of Soul. Though calling it “rewarding,” the British magazine writes:
But The Independent UK swings back around to an outlet comparing Soul to some of Pixar’s best. Given that the animation studio has produced such masterpieces as WALL-E, Inside Out and the Toy Story franchise, that is high praise, indeed:
Sounds about right. So, now for the bad news. After this film festival run, Soul goes on the shelf for a few months. Disney announced that the animation feature will make its debut on Disney+ on Christmas Day. Just what you want from Santa: an existential crisis comedy that’s bound to make you weep.
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