Published January 24, 2021


Film info

  • Title Soul
  • Director Pete Docter
  • Year 2020
  • Run time 1hr 42m
  • Genres Drama, Comedy, Animation, Music, Fantasy
  • Tagline Is all this living really worth dying for?

What is it that makes you... YOU? Soul introduces Joe Gardner - a middle-school band teacher who gets the chance of a lifetime to play at the best jazz club in town. But one small misstep takes him from the streets of New York City to The Great Before - a fantastical place where new souls get their personalities, quirks nad interests before they go to Earth. Determined to return to his life, Joe teams up with a precocious soul, 22, who has never understood the appeal of the human experience. As Joe desperately tries to show 22 what's great about living, he may just discover the answers to some of life's most important questions.

Live blog

Time Comment
1:06 Kids orchestras just make me think of that space odyssey one.
4:14 “Lord knows we need more teachers in this world.”
7:51 You show ‘em, Teach.
12:43 I like the ghostly glasses. See-through but stylish.
18:49 I love the idea that some mystical personality giving soul-land also has a workplace training video.
23:34 I really don’t want to see the exhibits in my mentor museum.
24:07 “The tune is just an excuse to bring out the you.”
26:43 “You can’t crush a soul here, that’s what life on earth is for.”
28:06 I love 22, so awful!
30:39 Wow, the zone is blowing my mind but explaining a lot!
34:08 Tetris!
44:51 How did they pay for that cab?
45:32 “Hey, your clothes are rumbling again.”
55:51 Ooh, mixing up animation styles now. Weird.
1:00:14 Haha, cat on a subway.
1:07:57 “Leave me alone. I’m trying to find my purpose!”
1:12:29 It’s teaching, surely.
1:26:09 Somehow terrifying and moving in equal measure.
1:29:47 “Hey Terry, what’s that over there, look, immediately.”


I’ve been looking forward to watching this for a while, and it didn’t disappoint. At first, I was worried it was another one of those fever dream ideas that wasn’t going to come off, but once it started to gel it was amazing. Tina Fey was great as a curious oddball soul, and somehow Graham Norton as an older hipster pirate type guy totally worked.

It had huge questions and answers about life, but also took joy and spirit from the smallest things like a leaf fluttering down from the sky. Even the jazz music wasn’t offputting because it was all delivered with such love. Brilliant film.

Rating: 5 / 5

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