Soul

Soul ★★★½

Perhaps Pixar fatigue explains my ambivalence re: this film.

Despite wonderful music, unobnoxious, well-chosen performances in Jerry (Braga; Ayoade), Terry (House), Libba (Rashad) or Dorothea (Bassett), and gorgeous colour, with elegant, 1940s Picasso-inspired visual effects, the centre of this film feels tired. The concept and jokes rehearse previous movies. Whatever core conflict exists proves flatly artificial in the end.

I think 22 (Fey) does fine, although I recognise the awkwardness of that casting.

I liked the jazz story. The heavenly realm looks cute. For me, they failed together.