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Film Review: Pixar’s Soul

There are plenty of things to appreciate in this film. The jazz music and soundtrack, the banter between the two main characters, and the representation of the black community. But what really struck me was the overall message of the film.

“A Spark isn’t a Soul’s purpose”

Once again, Pixar has proven that they reject the idea of their audience not being emotionally intelligent enough to capture the messages of their stories. Soul passed my expectations and I thought the movie had a lot of relevance and substance especially for today. There are plenty of things to appreciate in this film. The jazz music and soundtrack, the banter between the two main characters, and the representation of the black community. But what really struck me was the overall message of the film.

The Coronavirus falling upon us in 2020 (among other things) has caused people to question their existentialism and philosophy of life. It led to the destruction of some lives, it led to people taking their own lives. This movie is so relevant today as this generation had perpetuated a “hustle culture”. It’s all over mostly on social media. The idea that you need to be “successful” or famous to be worthy or happy. Soul subverted that idea. Most of us are obsessed with being the best at our passion (which is great) but it can lead to us forgetting to live and experience or appreciate the present. I thought it was a message our current generation needed to hear.

We are constantly fed with movies with messages such as “Go live your dreams!” or “Don’t give up on your passion!” and so on. What about those who haven’t found their passion and barely have a reason to live? Or feel like they have no reason to live? People can fall into that kind of depression. People today are craving death more than usual and it was a breath of fresh air to watch a movie that is simply telling you: Live. It’s enough that you’re alive.

Why? Because life isn’t a checklist of things to do. The whole thing about finding a “successful job”, finding “the one” and moving to a “white picket fence house” is nice and all but that’s not all life is to be. Life is when you wake up groggy and make coffee, it’s the two birds you see chirping in the tree. It’s getting home from work and eating a good meal with your family. It’s your tire being popped. It’s filled with embarrassing moments, moments to make you laugh, make you cry, or be disappointed. Every day is a chance to experience the bittersweet beauty of life. All pain and pleasure.

Some people feel down and discouraged because they can’t find what they’re good at but this movie says “It doesn’t matter what you’re good at, your worth is already validated. It matters that you’re here”. Don’t waste time chasing down a perfect ‘ideal’ image of life. God has made us all fearfully and with a purpose. You don’t have to be world-wide famous and flaunt money in someone’s face to find that purpose. If you do, well good on you. I believe once we commit ourselves to make the right choices and let go of certain pressures to be a certain way then happiness is attainable.

By J.L. Boynes

Hey there! I'm a Jamaican writer and English teacher. Lover of books and the Arts. A foodie, a believer, and a source of light. I encourage friendly interaction and discussion about general and personal subjects. All are welcome!

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