In its newest teaser, we find its star, Joe Gardner (Jamie Foxx) reflecting on finding passion and joy in life, closely tied up with his passion for jazz music and the joy of music, art, and performance altogether. It’s lovely, warm, and full of joy, set to an original song, “Parting Ways,” by Cody ChesnuTT.
It’s a sweet teaser, though it belies how fantastical the film’s premise is. It involves Joe going on a journey from his home in New York to a place called The Great Beyond, a world where souls get imbued with personality before they embark on their journey to Earth. There, he gets paired with a new soul named 22 (Tina Fey), and has to teach her what it means to be human as he tries to get back to his normal world and a once-in-a-lifetime gig. It sounds… strange, to be real, but there’s clearly a lot of beauty and love here. The film is directed by Peter Doctor, who wrote Inside Out and Up.
Soul is slated for November 20th, but, as with all theatrical releases, that’s not a certainty.
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