Disney’s Soul follows the life of Joe Gardner, a jazz musician who is trying to make his way in the world of music. Once he finally gets a chance to make it big, his life takes a huge turn – down a sewer drain. Joe finds himself existing as a soul about to enter the Great Beyond, when he finds his way to the Great Before, where souls get their personalities before being born. He ends up being a mentor for a soul that has not been born yet – a troublemaking soul named “22”. 22 realizes that Joe is not where he is supposed to be and decides to help him return to his body. They run into difficulties through his quest to get back into his own body, but Joe learns that life is not what he thought it was. He believed his purpose, the reason he was put on Earth, was to perform music because that was what he enjoyed and wanted to pursue, but he learns that there is more to life on Earth than someone’s supposed purpose.
Soul is a beautifully animated film which features interesting takes on what makes a person themselves. With its focus on instrumental music, it caters toward musicians because they can relate to Joe or even his students. But even non-musicians can relate to the film. While music is very important to some, the film also explores how other people enjoy their life and find occupations. From a barber to a street musician, a doctor to a therapy cat specialist, this film features people who have found occupations that they enjoy. Through the film we learn that people’s occupations may not be the thing that they wanted to do their whole life – their “purpose” may not be their spark that inspires them.
We can learn from the film that no one is created with a purpose other than to live. We may find things that inspire us or things that we enjoy, but those just add to our experience at life. This film can help us realize that we can let ourselves enjoy what we want and not worry about whether or not we have a purpose in this world.
Soul can be found on Disney+
Editor: Valerie Roen
In March of 2017 the world of heist movies added another great to the genre. Edgar Wright's Baby Driver took the box office by storm with a familiar actor in a new roll. The movie follows a teenager by the name Baby, played by Ansel Elgort, (actor from Faults in Our Stars), as he whips the wheel hard as a getaway driver for a big shot crime boss. Baby is not like most, with a "hum in the drum", he listens to music to feed the gas and drown out the noise. During his life of crime, he falls for a waitress named Debbie, played by Lily James. Baby however begins to rethink his life of crime as he works to get even for the cash he lost when boosting a car as a kid and eventually finding simplicity.
This movie is filled with action, romance, a fantastic soundtrack, and great editing. Edger Wright provides the normal movie watcher with a fantastic use of edits to cut to the music straight off scene number one. The high energy car chases have your heart pounding and puts you right into the car. The camera technics takes crime movies to a whole new level. Wright provides great use of crane shots to get the wide-angle road scenes to allow viewers to see the stunts and keep up with the pace. With nice a nice mix of jazz, rock, and a little bit of RnB, avid movie watchers will be jamming to the soundtrack in their cars on the way home. Of course, we can't forget about the romance. Debbie is Baby’s final motivation to get away from his criminal coworkers. Their support and willingness to do anything for each other provides them a getaway, and it provides viewers a sweet romance.
If you have yet to see this movie, I highly recommend you give it a watch. At 1 hour and 53 minutes, Baby Driver will have you hanging on the edge of your seat. With its old-style feel, list of well-known actors including, Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey, and Jon Hamm and great pacing, you won’t be disappointed. Baby Driver can be found in stores, on Amazon Prime, and on Hulu.
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Editor: Nicholas Henrich
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