M O A N A
Cast: Alui’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Andy Tudyk
Rating: 5/5 (It’s Disney)
“If you wear a dress and have an animal sidekick, you’re a princess.” – Maui
Well if that is the only criteria I am taking a trip to the pet store! One of the many things I loved about Moana was the fact Disney was not taking itself too seriously. It was full of off the cuff remarks that related to previous Disney movies as well of course the now famous Disney Easter Eggs.
Moana is drawn to that line where the sky meets the sea. Moana is in love with the ocean and the ocean has chosen her too. It is her destiny to get Demi-God, Maui, voiced superbly by Dwayne Johnson to restore the heart of Tafiti to its rightful place. However, Moana has a problem. Moana’s father, the village chief will not allow anyone to sail past the reef out into the ocean. Moana’s grandmother, the village crazy lady who “loves to dance with water” inspires her granddaughter to go as it is the only way she will be happy.
The movie is full of memorable characters and songs. Maui’s song “Your Welcome” is one of the best comical songs I have really enjoyed since the Genie sang “A Friend Like Me”. Maui is an interesting character you are never really sure if you like him or not till you get towards the end of the movie.
I did enjoy his little tattoo friend. Reminiscent of the Muses from Hercules. If all tattoo’s were like him I would consider getting one. I really did enjoy the banter between him and Maui. Of course the song “How Far I’ll Go” was my favourite song of the whole movie. I had heard it a few times before I had seen the movie and it is now one of my favourite Disney songs. It encompasses my desire to travel at the moment.
The CGI animation as always is well executed. I did have a slight issue with some of the pacing of the movie, however I expect at some point in the future there might be a Moana DVD with extra scenes as I have a feeling there were quite a few cut out.
The character who stole the show however, besides Pau (the pig) who was so cute, was Heihei the Rooster. That rooster had me in crying with laughter.
As well as being full of fun and laughter, there are some lovely touching moments. My daughter told me she was moved to tears a few times while watching the movie.
I honestly did not expect to enjoy Moana as much as I did.