Happy New Year to our Irvine Community News & Views readers!

As an avid movie fan, I will be reviewing a new film each month that I think our readers will enjoy.  For January, I chose the new Pixar movie Soul.

Pixar released Soul on the Disney+ online streaming platform on December 25th, offering audiences a new movie to enjoy over the holidays. 

Soul tells the story of jazz musician Joe Gardner, who works in New York City as a middle school music teacher.  From the start of the film, it’s clear that this isn’t exactly Joe’s dream job.  That’s why Joe jumps at the chance to fill in as a piano player for a local jazz band.  But when his body unexpectedly gets separated from his soul, he travels to the Great Beyond, helping another lost soul in search of finding their “spark,” learning along the way what his own meaning of life really is.

Hailed by critics as another masterpiece in Pixar’s stellar body of work, Soul once again proves that Pixar not only makes impressive movies for children (like Toy Story and Finding Nemo), but the studio also creates terrific movies for all ages.

In addition to the thought provoking story line, viewers have been blown away by the amazing score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.  Jazz musician Jon Baptiste produced original music for the film as well.

Soul currently has a 95% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes, runs about 1 hour and 30 minutes, and is available to stream on Disney+.  You can go to www.disneyplus.com to sign up or start your free trial.

Expect to see Soul on the Oscar nominations list when they come out in March. 

And keep an eye out for next month’s movie review.  

Joel Smith