Pixar’s Soul is a masterful approach to a heavy topic

Ruby Ader and Goldie Abrahams

Soul, the newest Pixar animated film that premiered on Christmas, is receiving rave reviews.  Soul is about passion and dreams; it provides the inspirational message that who you truly are is who you are meant to be.  

“This fim led me to feel so many emotions, and I was so intrigued to reach the end,” said freshman Sienna Fox. 

Soul revolves around Joe Gardner, a middle school band teacher, who has always dreamed of following in his late father’s footsteps as a jazz musician.  However, while trying to accomplish these goals, he faces many obstacles that lead him to discover his true purpose in the world.  On this journey, he creates a new friendship.  Joe is determined to spread his appreciation for music to younger children and everyone around him as a music teacher.  He continues to grow and his talent only becomes stronger.

“I would definitely recommend this movie to others.  The plot and lessons are so important for everyone to learn,” said freshman Hannah Ross. 

As the story progresses, Pixar dives deeper into the concept of death and an afterlife. This greatly scares Joe, but Pixar makes this uncomfortable conversation surrounding death meaningful and inspiring. 

“Although this is a Pixar film, I believe that all ages can enjoy and love this movie.  The importance of living life to the fullest, as well as being independent and having a purpose is highlighted tremendously throughout the film,” said freshman Taylor Schorr.

The reason that more adult audiences are attracted to Soul is it provides a different outlook on life.  For teenagers especially, this is the time of their life when they are supposed to be having fun, not planning out their entire future. 

“This movie changed my whole perspective on applying to colleges next year, and made me feel better about the process,” said junior Tori Yokemick.  

This film branches away from Pixar’s usual children’s movie.  It encourages people to live everyday in the moment and to stop planning out the future because you never know when your time will be up.