Honestly, this movie was a best-case scenario for a 2011 Muppet movie. I loved The Muppets as a kid, but even if you've never watched them before you'd probably enjoy this lighthearted movie. Celebrity cameos all over the place, a very goofy plot, and Disney doing their best to be self-aware in the 2010s.
It's funny to think this review will sit between the other films on my watchlist; it's unlike anything I've ever watched before. Don't expect distinguished cinematography or audio mixing, but do expect a very raw glimpse through the eyes of a filmmaker who will not give up his craft for anything. The more I think about this film the more it grows on me.
I love a movie that takes risks. Pixar developed a character in their classic style, and then killed him! In the first few minutes of the story! What followed was a wildin plot, beautifully animated in New York City!? With Tina Fey voicing the supporting role?! In my eyes, these were big risks, and Soul brought them together as a beautifully human animation.
This film takes so many risks. It goes to yard sales, Saturday bingo competitions, and Jane's gigs as an adult film star. There's a chihuahua in nearly every scene. Yet the entire time I felt engaged by a well-paced plot, and the insanity of life through Jane's eyes.
Honestly, I didn't love it. I don't feel like I connected with these humans before they turned inhuman. Maybe if I were to watch it again I would pick up on more of the intricacies of these relationships, but doing so would entail sitting through such a boring intro again...
Watched on Thursday July 23, 2020.