Release date: March 7, 2017
Studio:Walt Disney Animation Studios
Directors:John Musker, Ron Clements
MPAA Rating:PG (for peril, some scary images and brief thematic elements)
Starring:Dwayne Johnson, Auli’i Cravalho, Jemaine Clement, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Nicole Scherzinger, Alan Tudyk
At a young age, Moana was told the story of the goddess Tefiti. The goddess was the creator of the islands and provider to all the people. Maui, a demigod, was the hero to all the people and was in search for fulfilling the wishes of everyone. Seeking more power Maui stole the Heart of Tefiti to give to the people. As he did this an evil spirit rose and battled Maui stripping him of his magic hook and he was never to be seen again.
As Moana grew she felt drawn to the ocean and with the teachings of her grandmother,Tala, Moana learned about her ancestors and their journey across the water. As the effects of Tefitis missing heart now reached their island,Tala revealed the heart of Tefiti to Moana and tasked her to return the heart and restore their home.
On her journey, Moana discovers the small island that held the stranded Maui and together they journey the vast ocean in hopes to restore the balance of nature. and return home.
As a new Disney feature releases, there’s a lot of expectations of a spectacular feature with great music. Especially that catchy tune you cant’s get out of your head. A favorite character you can relate to or imagine in everyday situations, or some other feelings that you take along after watching the film. Moana didn’t seem to deliver that feeling. With so many aspirations for a movie with and islander theme, Moana fell short of delivery.
The Polynesian music didn’t seem authentic and more of a Hawaiian TV special with Don Ho.
The adventure on the ocean seemed a little on the dull side in the fact that there was not much they could really do in the middle of the ocean without crossing into Finding Nemo or Little Mermaid.The cast did a great job in bringing the characters to life. Dwayne Johnson played the courageous yet cocky Demi-god Maui. Who else to play the people’s hero than the people’s champion. Moana was played by Auli’i Cravalo. Her Characters was so full of life and energy yet the writing seemed flat.
One of the more memorable parts of a Disney movie is What you’d call the Realization Song. Be it Let It Go, Part of Your World or Reflection, Moana’a How Far will I go was good but not quite as catchy as the previously mentioned hits. The rest of the soundtrack was good yet with a title and theme as ambitious as this, there would be expectations of more cultural sounds. The songs seemed over produced to the feeling of a Hawaiian TV variety show.
Bottom line Moana was pretty good. I hear a lot of good words about it. making my words seem real harsh. But with Titles as Mulan, Aladin, and Lion King. I felt that not enough attention was paid to the cultural aspects of this film or at least not enough was portrayed by such a colorful culture.