Movie Review: Disney’s Moana
Disney’s Moana is now in theaters! Find tickets to a showtime near you.
The perfect nod to the Pacific Islander culture.
Having grown up around a flourishing Pacific Islander community, the translation of the culture’s storytelling was beyond compare. Disney did a fantastic job capturing the lore and adapting it to a family-friendly audience. There was the perfect mix of the darkness in many of the stories as well as the whimsy and otherworldly details. The physical attributes of the characters spoke well to the people. In other words, that luxurious hair!!
The music is phenomenal.
I suppose when you have the greatness that is Lin-Manuel Miranda and Opetaia Foa’i behind the soundtrack, you’re bound to hear something phenomenal. From the track, “You’re Welcome”, as performed by Maui (Dwayne Johnson), to the hilarious “Shiny” performed by Tamatoa (Jemaine Clement), there’s certainly no lack of entertainment. The opening song is also incredible. It is such an homage to the Polynesian culture. I dare you to tell me you don’t get sheeting chills when you see that castle.
Prepare to fall in love with the rooster.
Hei Hei may be one of my favorite characters in the whole film. Perhaps it’s because I relate so well to his derpy, tomfoolery. The writers really embodied the slapstick comedy element with him. Every one of his scenes had me in complete stitches. I can’t quite explain what it is, but it must have been the simplicity and silliness. I bet you’ll really love him too.
Moana is girl power goals.
The strength of Moana’s (Auli’i Cravalho) character is refreshing. You’re quick to find that she’s no princess or damsel in distress. Throughout the movie she continuously impresses us with her determination to explore beyond what she knows. She stays ever-curious about the unknown. She takes things into her own hands, including the oar, to make her own journey come to life. She doesn’t wait around for permission or approval. The best part, to me, was that she never backed down. She never cowered in fear of what could or couldn’t be, she just did. This was a fabulous storyline to experience with my son. We teach him often that every human being has the power to control their dreams and destinies and that there is no part or circumstance that need keep them from those things.
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