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Review: Soul (2020)

Soul. Starring Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey. Directed by Pete Docter. Written by Pete Docter, Mike Jones, and Kemp Powers.

This is my final film review of 2020. A year that a majority of us want to forget. We are on the verge of 2021 and we hope that there are great things to come. We decided to end the year with the recently released Soul starring Jamie Foxx. Did the movie leave us on a high note?

The movie focuses on middle-school band teacher Joe, who’s played by Jamie Foxx. Joe isn’t fulfilled with being a teacher as he dreams of being a successful jazz musician. After receiving a huge break to play in a jazz set, Joe is so excited that he’s not watching where he walks and he walks over a manhole that is uncovered. Joe is taken to what the movie calls “The Great Beyond.” The Great Beyond is essentially the film’s version of the afterlife. It looks like outer space with a conveyor belt in the middle that is taking souls to a huge, white hole that we guess is Heaven. Joe finds a way to escape the Great Beyond, then lands himself in the Great Before. The Great Before is where souls that are like humans are mentored before being sent to earth to take the form of a baby at birth. Joe enlists the help of Soul 22 (Tina Fey) to make it back to his body, so he can play in the big jazz show. On this journey, Joe and Soul 22 figure out for themselves what it means to live and their purposes on earth.

The story is fresh, though it could be confusing for some. We mentioned in the above paragraph about the concepts of the Great Beyond and the Great Before. The film introduces other concepts, such as how important the soul is and how it’s created. It also speaks on how a soul becomes lost. A soul, in this movie, is lost when someone becomes obsessed with a particular idea or passion that they have. The concepts are intriguing and definitely thought-provoking.

Director Pete Docter does a tremendous job of making this a visually-stunning film. All of the different environments that are created for this film were crafted perfectly. Whether it’s the beauty of autumn leaves falling in the movie or the fun-colored Great Before, Docter makes this movie a pleasing aesthetic to the eyes. He does a great job of making the film emotional without it being dark. The film makes us aware that we’re going to die eventually, but to make the most out of life while we’re here.

My final evaluation is that Soul is a pleasing observation on life and the creation of it. A heartwarming film released in a dark year.

Overall rating: 4/5.


Review: Safety (2020)

Directed by Reginald Hudlin. Written by Nick Santora. Starring Jay Reeves, Thaddeus J. Mixson, and Corinne Fox.

Safety is an original film by Disney+. The movie focuses on a true story about Clemson football player Ray-Ray McElrathbey (Jay Reeves), who had to take care of his younger brother, Fahmarr (Thaddeus J. Mixson), secretly on campus because Fahmarr’s home life became unsteady. Director Reginald Hudlin and writer Nick Santora do a fantastic job of thrusting viewers into the world of college football and the atmosphere of university life. The life of a student athlete is complicated as the film accurately portrays.

Hudlin creates a fun college atmosphere that shows that college is fun. I must admit that the soundtrack did crack me up unintentionally as I heard songs from the past that I haven’t heard in a while. One of the songs was “Lean Back” by Terror Squad featuring Fat Joe and Remy Ma. Oh, that took me back to when I was in high school. Hudlin does put emotional significance on what addiction can do to a family. Fahmarr and Ray’s mother is addicted to drugs, then gets sent to rehab. Hudlin and Santora goes in-depth with the history of addiction in a few scenes of the film. It makes the flick an educational experience as well.

The acting in the movie is a mixture of good and average performances. Some of the most entertaining work is by the supporting characters. James Badge Dale is terrific as Coach Brad Simmons and Hunter Sansone is comical as Daniel Morelli. Jay Reeves and Thaddeus Mixson have brotherly chemistry that is heartfelt. The scenes where Ray has to take Fahmarr across campus without being seen are hilarious. Corinne Fox provides the film with a calm sincerity in her performance. One of the weak performances is Matthew Glave, who plays Coach Tommy Bowden. There’s not enough emotion, so it’s hard to take him serious as you can the other coaches, such as Coach Simmons.

To conclude, Safety is a football movie that’s sincere in its purpose. It feels like it would work better if it was an episodic series on Disney+. That way it could have more development. Otherwise, still a great flick.

Overall rating: 3.5/5.

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