You would think at the age of 18+ that the announcement of any new Disney movies wouldn’t excite any young adult. And, you may be right, majority of the time.
For example, when I heard about the new Disney movie Soul, my initial reaction wasn’t, “Oh my gahhh I HAVE to see it!” However, once I started watching the star studded movie, I remembered why I fell in love with Disney as a child all over again.
What I found interesting about the very intriguing movie Soul that was that it sheds light on the topics of death and the afterlife, which can be incredibly confusing to children. However, I thought they did an excellent job by providing what “following the light” means or even what happens when you try to “cheat death.”
The movie opens with and focuses on middle school band teacher, Joe Gardner (played by Jamie Foxx), who enjoys sharing his love for music but doesn’t feel that his talents are being used to the best of their abilities. However, this frustrated pianist lands his “big break” at a jazz band audition.
Despite things finally looking up for Gardner as he moves closer to his dreams, there are numerous instances where he misses life threatening incidents because his mind is preoccupied by while he walks down the street. Gardner missed being hit by an oncoming car, smashed by construction workers, and more, but his untimely end is met by falling through a manhole. I gasped when I saw that!
One of the main lessons that viewers need to take away from this movie is that getting everything you thought you may have always wanted might not turn out to be what you think. Enjoy the moment, stay in the present, and use your talents as a tool to benefit society all around. Don’t lose focus on what’s truly important in this crazy realm of life: Joy. Without that, would it all even be worth it?
The film is now streaming on Disney+ and I would recommend it for that audiences ranging from 10-13+ to truly try to grasp the concepts of life, death, and the afterlife.
By Kori Barnes, Junior, UNLV