His whole perspective of life changes after he gets to know an “unborn soul” called 22, who initially thought there was nothing remarkable about life on Earth. When Joe first stumbles across her in a place called the Great Before, where new souls are being prepared to be born as babies, 22 is surprised by how badly Joe wants to return to his earthly body. Not only did 22 think that Earth was uninteresting, but she also saw how miserable Joe thought his life was.
What I honestly admired was how these two characters became closely connected with each other throughout the story. As Joe was trying to get back to Earth, things went wrong as 22 accidentally falls into Joe’s body, and Joe’s soul makes it into a random cat instead, lol. But as they try to find a way to fix it, 22 finds herself experiencing–through Joe’s body–how life was truly like on Earth, and how it wasn’t at all like she thought it would be.
Anyways, both of the characters make such an eye-opening impact on each other, and I just really appreciated how their characters develop as they get to know each other! I also think that these characters were so wonderfully crafted because I felt like I could see a little bit of myself in both of them.
Overall, I certainly liked this movie, and there isn’t really anything I didn’t like about it. Maybe the jazz music could sound a bit better by having smoother sounds, particularly on the piano and saxophone parts, but it still sounds pretty good! I also thought that the world of the Great Before was a bit strange in the way that “new souls” are assigned different personalities through some kind of mystical factory. BUT, all those little imperfections are easily outweighed by the intertwined, fascinating character arcs of the two protagonists that I just totally loved seeing.//crs.ul.com/en/comics-soul-online-video
Otherwise, the story worked successfully and took me on a ride of emotions, conveying a moving message about life that we all possibly need to be reminded of or haven’t really thought about. I think this is absolutely a great animated movie that even adults can enjoy! So if you haven’t watch this yet, I definitely recommend giving this movie a watch 🙂