Moana Review

The Ocean is calling.

Moana stars Dwayne Johnson, Auli’i Cravalho, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Jemaine Clemment, Nicole Scherzinger and Alan Tudyk.

Moana dreams of sailing on the ocean but her father, the chief, will not allow her. However, when the tribe is struggling to catch fish and their crops are dying. She discovers the heart of Goddess, Te Whiti, is missing and Moana must return the heart to return good crops and fish to her people by teaming up with the person who stole the heart, missing demi god, Maui.

 I know, another late review of a film that came out months ago, but recently because of all the award nominations and positive buzz it received I decided I needed to see it while I get a chance.

Positives. I thought the animation was fantastic. There are several shots that looked amazing. There is one specific shot of the back of Moana’s head and I thought it could actually be the back of someones head. This was big as I have felt that hair has been one thing that animation struggle with to look realistic but I was very impressed. The music was great but that was to be expected from Lin-Manuel Miranda, who created hit broadway show, Hamilton. I also really liked the voice cast, they were perfectly cast and fit their roles. The Rock is amazing as always, but big credit goes to Auli’i Cravalho who is part of her first feature film, which benefits the film as you are not taken out of the film and helps Moana feel more like a character. Speaking of Moana, credit to Disney for not just making another Disney princess who is out looking for love, but Moana is a strong woman whose only mission is making sure her people can survive.

Negatives. The plot is very basic, but you can definitely enjoy it. You have to remember that these films are for children, who would definitely have a good time watching this film with all the laughs and songs.

Overall, I rate Moana 7/10! A good film for the family to enjoy. I would not be surprised if we get a sequel, because The Rock is not busy enough.

What did you think of Moana?

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