“Soul” is a story about a man that believes he has not reached his real potential. He is a middle school music teacher that thinks he could do more and wants to become a full-time professional musician. This is his journey to achieve that goal and how it affects the people and the world around him.
It’s sincerely told and a lovely story. Visually it looks very nice and the visuals are probably the best part of the movie. There is a comical look to the characters, but not distractingly so. More impressive than the characters are the locations. There are a few quite different regions with very distinct appearances but, they're all still clearly connected in the same universe.
The music is somewhat less than I expected. I thought that music would feature more prominently in the film. Most of the music is pleasant with some very annoying parts. Those are meant to be annoying though, so it’s good. I'm not really a jazz person so maybe this film has really good jazz in it. I can’t really tell between really good and moderate jazz. If that’s what you’re looking for you’ll need to find someone else to be a critic on the music. It sound tough to play and I wouldn’t be able to do it.
I have heard the story called unique and original several times and I really don't see it that way. This really seems like a Pixar version of the 2001 film “Down to Earth” with Chris Rock. Maybe if you switched Chris Rock out for JoJo Siwa. It's not as funny as “Down to Earth” and come of as a less funny Pixar remake.
I give “Soul” a 6/10. Maybe watch with your kids. My mini-reviewers liked “Soul” more than I did, but they would prefer to Watch “The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two” so you’ve got to take that for what it’s worth.