SUMMARY- Joe is a middle-school band teacher whose life hasn’t entirely gone the way he expected. His true passion is jazz — and he’s right. But when he travels to another realm to help someone find their passion. He soon discovers what it means to have the soul.
REVIEW- Before explaining why I liked this movie, I’d like to point out that the movie’s main idea is not that you need to find your purpose to have a happy life. It’s the exact opposite! I’m not saying this to be a pretentious. It’s essential, and that’s why I loved the film so much. You don’t need to be fixated on something to find meaning in your life. You need to savor it and learn to enjoy the little moments instead of waiting for something big to happen to reach happiness. It’s so profound and refreshing.
A movie about a guy waiting for his big moment and feeling fulfilled after reaching it would have been dull. Instead, the opposite idea is presented. If you just pay attention to the dialogues and the story. Then you’ll understand what I mean and, most importantly, what you might apply to make your everyday life better. But back to the movie, I’ve got to say I almost cried as the end was approaching.
The whole initial setting reminded me too much of Inside Out, a film I immensely disliked, so I was worried it was a copy of it (it is in the beginning). Luckily, the second half steered away from it and developed into one of the most moving films I’ve seen in a long time. Undoubtedly one of Pixar’s best.