For centuries, the greatest sailors in the world masterfully navigated the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, 3,000 years ago, their voyages stopped for a millennium – and no one knows exactly why. From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who is inspired to leave the safety and security of her island on a daring journey to save her people. Inexplicably drawn to the ocean, Moana (voice of Auliʻi Cravalho) convinces the mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson) to join her mission, and he reluctantly helps her become a wayfinder like her ancestors who sailed before her. Together, they voyage across the open ocean on an action-packed adventure, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills her quest and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity
I went into this movie not really knowing what I was expecting but I love 99% of Disney movies so I was looking forward to seeing the latest in the Disney franchise.
Moana follows in the steps of many Disney Princesses that have gone before her. She has a strong will for adventure and isn’t always great at doing what others think are best for her, but we all know will work out for the best…or we hope it will.
I’d like to say that Moana is a realistic representative of the Polynesian culture, but unfortunately I’m not exactly qualified to say that, but I can say that she offers a great vision of what we believe in. Maui on the other hand I was disappointed in. In all the stories I remember from school about Maui, he was a hero and the stories told of all the good things he did in the world. However in Moana, to me, Maui came across as a bit of an idiot so I’m still not entirely sure how I feel about that side of the story.
In typical Disney fashion there were moments you found yourself laughing, moments you were on the edge of your seats and moments you wanted to yell at the characters. Song wise…….I did love the song How Far I’ll Go, but other than that the soundtrack left a lot to be desired. They just weren’t the catchy songs that you walk out singing and that enter your head for weeks to come.
The story itself is about Moana discovering who she is, where she came from and following her heart.Along the way she encounters various characters that lend their personalities to the storyline. At times when the normal person would want to give up, run back to the safety of what they know, Moana finds the courage to keep going…
It’s an amazing movie and one that we all thoroughly enjoyed and can’t wait to see it again
Did Moana find all the answers ? Well I guess you’ll have to watch the movie yourself and find out