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2020 / 100m - USA
Fantasy, Music - Animation
Soul poster

There's a lot of Up-like disappointment in Pixar's latest film. What starts as something quite different, even lovely, quickly turns into typical Pixar nonsense, with cutesy ghosts and fake-emotional afterlife gibberish. It's astounding how afraid Pixar is to make films for a mature audience.

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Joe Gardner is an aspiring artist, but his career doesn't come off the ground and he ends up settling for a job teaching the school band. Joe gets one last shot when an old student of his calls him and invites him for a gig with one of his all-time idols. He aces the audition, but on his way home a fateful accident happens.

The first 5 or 10 minutes are something completely new. More life-like character models, more mature direction (though they need a new editor, as everything feels way too rushed) and themes that feel like they could be quite profound. What follows is a complete mess that ventures in a million different directions. It's a shame they don't seem to be able to get it together, that said, it's quite a step up from earlier Pixar features.


2009 / 96m - USA
Adventure, Comedy - Animation
Up poster

Monsters, Inc.

2001 / 92m - USA
Comedy - Animation
Monsters, Inc. poster

Inside Out

2015 / 95m - USA
Fantasy - Animation
Inside Out poster