"a mix of Christianity and Buddhist notions filtered through C.S. Lewis' 1945 novel The Great Divorce and Powell and Pressburger's A Matter of Life and Death (1946), with a bit of What Dreams May Come (1998) psychedelic kitsch thrown in for good measure." Phew!
THR's review of Pixar's SOUL: "this densely packed, exquisitely executed and just a teensy bit batshit film is peak Pixar." https://t.co/QRYUoDUBlX— Borys Kit (@Borys_Kit) October 11, 2020
"“Soul” aims admirably high, yet ultimately can’t quite fulfill the scale of its ambitions."
'Soul' Film Review: Pixar Gets Existential in Dizzying Animated Film https://t.co/By4XPQM3TF— TheWrap (@TheWrap) October 11, 2020
Film Review: Pixar’s ‘Soul’ Recalls The Lofty Ambitions Of The Studio’s Finest https://t.co/p0Jc2DKARl— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) October 11, 2020
"the bigger themes of the film get sidelined and the wonder starts to subside." It gets generic.
Not quite cohesive, but still good.
Soul review: Pixar's latest is profound and inventive – but the story lets it down https://t.co/s2jkPN5zNx— Digital Spy Film (@digitalspyfilm) October 12, 2020
tldr; Interesting concepts, convoluted third act. So far, it seems the parts people have problems with are what they originally wanted to do with "Coco", if you've ever seen the director's commentary version.