Before I touch on the film, can I get a “show of hands” how many of the readers were as excited as I was for this to finally be released?
My family and I are addicted to the tropical paradise that is the Hawaiian Islands, so we felt it was mandatory that we needed to see this movie.
Moana follows a teenager by the name of Moana, who sets out to find a demigod amidst a curse that has taken over Ancient Polynesia. Her father, the Chieftain of their village, forbids her to go past the reef around the island. Chosen by the ocean, Moana follows her heart and the spirit of the water to defeat this curse with the demigod, Maui.
Moana is voiced by fourteen-year old Auli’i Cravalho (16 years old when the movie was actually released), a newbie to the film realm. This is her first film and soundtrack to be a part of, and the youngest woman to voice a Disney princess. She was actually born in Oahu, Hawaii. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson voices Maui, the demigod. This film was Johnson’s first musical. I will say, he did pretty well! I can see both of these actors going far in other genres of film, as hope to see them again in other Disney movies.
The songs in the film are catchy, as are most Disney animated movies. “How Far I’ll Go” is the only song that has been stuck in my head since I left the theater. Love it!
I recommend this film to anyone. It is heartwarming, funny, and who doesn’t want to see the ocean, sand, and tropical animation?
The Basic Critic rating: 5/5