Well, it has been a long, and let’s call it, interesting year, but today brings to a close our last reviewed of a film from 2020. To round out the year, it is time to look at Pixar’s next entry, and given we already had a strong movie in Onward this year. I came into Soul with some reasonably high expectations.
So to set the scene, Joe Gardner (Jamie Foxx) is a high school music teacher, but his real passion is performing jazz. This puts him in conflict with his mother Libba (Phylicia Rashad) who wants him to have a stable job. Well, those two worlds are about to collide when he is offered a full-time position teaching while also getting the chance to perform with the famous Dorothea Williams (Angela Bassett). This would be a big decision for Joe if he didn’t then fall through an open manhole and wake up on the escalator to the other side.
TL;DR – A strong follow up at
the start of the season with some really powerful moments.
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
We continue our look at the final chance to save humankind and … well … it’s not been going well so far. With the clock both figuratively and literally running out for both the character and us the viewers it makes even the smallest set back feel larger and that is only the first few minutes.
So to set the scene, at the end of Part 1, we got a bit of a reset with The Bad Place’s mole being discovered. However, all the problems still remain, Simone (Kirby Howell-Baptiste) still thinks this is all the figment of her imagination and is acting accordingly with chaotic abandon. Also Brent (Ben Koldyke) is a mediocre white man from privilege, so of course he thinks the world revolved around him. It is a tough nut to crack but at least Eleanor (Kristen Bell) has the backing of the team … right … Just a reminder that we will be looking at the episode at the whole, so there will be [SPOILERS] ahead.
TL;DR – A great start to
propel the season forward.
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
Well, it is time for all good thing to come to an end, in this case today we
are looking at the beginning of the end as we explore the first episode of The Good Place’s fourth and final
season. As much as there is sadness, there is also a certain joy that at least
the show will get to go out on their own terms. Indeed, from what everyone has
said it was a creative decision to end the show at this point and I will always
respect that. Well let’s dive into the weird and quirky world of the ever
So to set the scene, in the Season Three finale Pandemonium,
The Judge (Maya Rudolph) gave everyone a chance to show that the point system
is broken by creating a new neighbourhood to test it out with new people.
However, The Bad Place, devious as ever, did not pick the worst people in the
world, just the worst people for the team, including Chidi’s (William Jackson
Harper) ex Simone (Kirby Howell-Baptiste). Knowing that he could not remain
impartial Chidi has his mind wiped of everything including his love for Eleanor
(Kristen Bell). Now they have one chance to show that everything is wrong and
it is not going to be easy. Just a reminder that we will be looking at the
episode at the whole, so there will be [SPOILERS] ahead.
TL;DR – We come full circle
as we explore what happens when Eleanor has to take over for Michael, oh and
then the show kicks you right in the feels.
Score – 4.5 out of 5 stars
we have reached the end of The Good Place’s
third season, and what a ride it has been. We have been from Australia to The
Good Place to the Interdimensional Hole of Pancakes, and more.
Throughout that time we have discovered the source of the problem plaguing the
afterlife and watched as people continued to grow and develop even after they
are dead. With that in mind today we will be looking at both the season finale Pandemonium and also an overview of the
season as a whole.
So to set the scene, in last week’s Chidi
Sees the Time-Knife, The Judge (Maya Rudolph) set out the rules that
would be used to govern this new experiments, and of course both Shawn (Marc
Evan Jackson) and Michael (Ted Danson) were not happy, which probably means
that it is a fair system. But we all know that The Bad Place does not play fair
as they rattle Michael so much that Eleanor (Kristen Bell) has to step in a
pretend to be the architect. However, as we soon find out, that is not the only
way The Bad Place is playing dirty, because they are here to torture, and that
is what they are going to do. Now we will be looking at the episode as a whole,
so there will be [SPOILERS] ahead.