ESP’s film critic Gavin Miller is keeping his eye on the best of the small screen while Showcase is shut and checks out the latest new release…
This more adult-orientated offering proves to be another inspirational move by the animation geniuses – and embodies everything that makes them the best at what they do.
Beleaguered school music teacher Joe Gardner (Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx) has always dreamed of making it to the big time as a jazz pianist – but has always fallen short.
Unwilling to die before his big break, he tries to escape, and ends up in a world called the ‘Great Before’ – where ‘soul’ counsellors prepare unborn souls for life on Earth.
But it’s not quite as simple as that, and what ensues is a delightful journey of beautifully-crafted soul-searching – that oozes originality among the delicious animation.
It might not have the longevity of some Pixar films – Toy Story, Finding Nemo etc – in terms of replay value for ‘kids’ due to its more methodical ‘all age demographic’ mentality, but there’s no doubting this is up there with Pixar’s best.
So if you’ve got Disney’s new streaming service you’ve got to grab yourself a bowl full of Soul pronto.
ESP Rating: 4/5
Voice Cast: Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Graham Norton, Phylicia Rashad, Richard Ayoade, Daveed Diggs, Wes Studi, Alice Braga, Rachel House, Donnell Rawlings & Angela Bassett
Running Time: 1 Hr 41 Mins
Directors: Pete Docter & Kemp Powers