SOUL

To start off, I went into the movie blind to what it was about. So many people had been telling me to watch it. Pixar veteran Pete Docter is the credited co-director, alongside playwright and screenwriter Kemp Powers, who wrote Regina King’s outstanding “One Night in Miami.” Soul was probably one of the best new Disney movies there is out there. Alongside the OG Coco, which was also an award-winning Disney film. A personal favorite of mine. 

In the film SOUL, a man named Jo has spent his whole life waiting for his ‘moment’. He finally gets his moment and falls into a sewer drain. This sends him to another dimension. The dimension is a path to the afterlife but he jumps off the line, almost like a conveyer belt, and falls into the ‘before life’ which is called the ‘you seminar’, and becomes a mentor for new souls on accident. Jo gets put into the seminar that was supposed to be someone else’s body, now has to train a young soul so they can enter into the earth, he is assigned a soul that is “unworkable” and they work together to Jo the earth pass, so the soul doesn’t have to ‘do life’ anymore. They go on a widespread adventure into the earth, on accident, being… let’s say not in the correct body. If you haven’t seen the film yet, go watch it and come back. I’ll wait for you. 

“Can’t crush a soul here, that’s what earth is for” – Larry, a leader in ‘you seminar’.

Although this film was a classic, over the top, animation film by Disney, there is always something to be talked about. I loved this movie, but at times I felt like it was hard to follow along with the fast happening events. When Jo and 22 were sent back to earth the first time, not in the right bodies, I felt like that scene was very rushed. When they started talking from the opposite bodies, then the camera cuts to the perspective of the doctors. That was confusing as an audience member. 

Some good, if not amazing things about the film were the storyline, animation, picture, color, and all that jazz. The storyline felt almost as like I had seen the same thing before, where they have a problem, solution and then take action to fix it, but that’s almost every Disney movie, if not every movie in general. The connection the storyline brings is a full circle of a learning opportunity. That having been said, there’s a nifty comic twist about halfway through the film that livens up “Soul” just when it was starting to drag. Needless to say that 22 eventually does find her spark, although it takes a lot of effort and more than a few wild misadventures to get there; and that Joe reexamines his years on earth as a genial but meek teacher and finds them wanting. He didn’t make as many friends as he should have and was consumed by fears that he traded his childhood dream of becoming a working jazz artist for a more ordinary life. (Joe’s mother, played by Phylicia Rashad, is not supportive of his music.) The downside is that this turns “Soul” into another of a string of animated films (including “The Princess and the Frog” and “Spies in Disguise”) in which a rare Black leading character is transformed into something else for the majority of a film’s running time. At the end of the movie, Jo finally gets back into his body and is able to fulfill his ‘big moment’. After reflection, he feels as though his meaning and purpose in life are complete. 

Given this movie showed, if not unintentionally, life as an African-American in the music industry. In this case, Jazz. Jo’s father was the one to show him jazz and after Jo heard it, it was his life’s mission to make people know about jazz and how amazing it is. Although it is hard living in society today, the main focus was to learn a lesson about life, how when you think something may be huge and out of reach, you might be closer than you think. 

COCO

This Disney animated movie is about a young boy named Miguel. His family means everything to him. His family owns a shoe business and for generations have shared the success. Although, Miguel’s great-great-grandfather had abandoned his family for his music career many moons ago. Miguel’s grandma does not allow music in the house because of his disappearance. Miguel loves music, just like his great, great grandfather. In the movie, everyone is celebrating The Day of the Dead. Miguel wants to play the talent show but his family isn’t having it. They will not allow him to indulge in the ‘music’ activities or associate with people who like it. Miguel’s grandma destroys his guitar so he doesn’t have an instrument. He remembers the grave of De la Cruz, which is the musician he looks up to, has his guitar from when he was alive. When he goes to steal the guitar for the talent show, the magic orange leaves sends him to the land of the dead. I won’t go into much detail because it will spoil everything but there is a string of events leading up to the final emotional truth. This movie is by far one of my favorite Disney movies. It’s very emotional, meaning full, and family-oriented. The graphics, color, and animation is spot on. I wouldn’t expect any less from a Disney animation movie. The family aspect of the movie is heartstring-pulling. I recommend this movie 100000000/10. Go watch asap!

IT Chapter II

IT chapter two starts off with a throwback to the first movie. How the group of kids blood swore if Pennywise the clown ever came back they would come back to the town and kill him for good. The movie then goes into the first return of Pennywise, killing a gay man that was thrown off a bridge and ate his heart. One of the kids in the group stayed in their hometown the entire time, keeping track of sitings and stories around the town. He catches wind of this one which sounds like pennywise and calls the other kids, who are now adults, and tells them to come back because they made a promise. One of the eight kills himself in the bathtub the night before he is supposed to return to their hometown. The other 7 all meet at a Korean or Chinese place for dinner and catch up on the last 21 years they missed. At the end of dinner, the fortune cookies have a message for them from pennywise. This begins their search and you’ll have to watch the movie to find out.

This movie was almost 3 hours long and I loved every second of it. Given the gory details and all the scary stuff, I truly enjoyed the storyline, graphics, and character development. They all seemed to have grown even closer than before and learned so many self-reflecting questions throughout. The adventure side in me meets scary and a little bit of drama? what more could you ask for from a movie. I like movies that have a beginning middle and end. And could even be continued if they wanted to. I cant stand a movie if it’s barely a climax and then the end is right after. IT defiantly is a 10/10 for me. In the spirit of the Halloween spirit, go watch it!

Hello Friends!

Here is a little bit about me! 🙂

My name is Mackenzy O’Grady. I am an advertising major and art minor at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater. I am in the Residence Hall Association, also known as RHA. I am a Co-programmer, which means I plan the large-scale programs here on campus. An example is we just finished our event named Welcome Back Throwback. This event was to welcome back everyone to campus with fun games from our childhood and two interactive games like a live-action Pacman and rock, paper, scissors hula hoop game. In my free time, I like to draw and paint. This both helps relieve stress and stay productive. I am the youngest of four and an auntie of five. I absolutely love spending time with my family as much as I can. I chose to do a movie review blog because most of the time I don’t have time for myself, but when I do I watch a show or a movie to calm down before bed. Given this is a weekly graded assignment, I figured what a wonderful way to get class credit for doing normal everyday activities that fit into my busy schedule.