{5/5} “The tune is just an excuse to bring out the you.”

Soul, released in 2020

Joe is a middle school band teacher, but he really wants to play jazz piano. On the day he gets a gig with one of his idols, he falls down a manhole. He finds himself on the path to the great beyond, but he manages to jump off. Now in the land where souls get their characteristics before they’re born, he hatches a plan to return to his body on Earth.

This Pixar movie has gorgeous animation, of course. The land of souls is imaginative, and the story is delightful.

It’s about zest for life. It’s about what happens when it’s your first day in a new body.

I’m not a huge fan of Picasso, but the Picasso-like nature of the soul counsellors worked very well.

Stars the voices of Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, and Richard Ayoade. Directed by Pete Docter (Inside Out) and Kemp Powers (writer on Star Trek: Discovery).

The glorious jazz music is by Jon Batiste. The other playful music is by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

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