I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect with this film. I had heard about it somehow, and stumbled upon a website to promote it – http://thesoulstoragecompany.com/. The site was a lot of fun and as I read up on the movie I wanted to see it because it sounded quirky and odd. I didn’t get a chance to watch in theaters, as it was a limited release. Once out on dvd I added it to my Netflix queue and last night I finally watched it.
It was quirky and odd. I believe that Paul Giamatti did a great job channeling the ways he was affected by having his soul stored, and by using a different soul. While the premise comes across as far fetched, it was believable because the movie didn’t take itself too seriously. Giamatti constantly expressed his doubt, surprise, and concern about the ability to store and switch souls. Throughout the movie I think he also learns that his soul is the right one for him, the only one he’s supposed to have.
Cold Souls is definitely not mainstream, but it was a fun movie that I suggest for anyone looking for something a little different. Be sure to check out the website as well, and get your soul stored. They’ll provide you with a picture of your soul, I’ve included mine – which seems to look kind of like a blood splatter. Nice, huh?
In the movie Giamatti’s soul comes out as a chickpea. He’s incredulous, and this one small detail adds so much to the movie. There are many small, amusing bits that keep the movie from going overboard, some of them tied to shape of Giamatti’s soul.
If you’ve seen the film or decide to, please let me know what you thought!