Reviewed bysnpereraVote: 9/10/10
Wow, what a great great movie! The visuals in this movie arebreathtaking!! They are so gorgeous! But, besides the visuals there issuch a heart and imagination and creativity to this movie. Moana issuch a likable, smart, and relatable person. the voice work for Moanais so sweet and so good. The chemistry between Moana and Maui is sogreat and so natural. The songs in this movie are so charming, catchyand fun! But, How Far I'll Go is such an emotional song and it has suchheart...I dare say I like it a little more than Let It Go! The wayMoana sings it and you can feel it!! Wow, I just looved this movie andit is great for kids and adults. I will always love it and I wanna seeit again!
Reviewed byMark LongVote: 9/10/10
I saw "Moana" tonight in the local movie theater. I have been wantingto see it since Thanksgiving and expected the audience to be few. To myamazement the cinema was almost full, and I can see why. "Moana" is afabulous movie--it will certainly leave you crying and smiling. I wouldimagine most of the folks in the audience now have seen it 3 or 4times. I served a number of years in the Army in Hawaii, so I wasattracted to the movie for that reason, and it was certainly a greatmovie going experience. The animated graphics capture the magic andbeauty of Polynesia, the land and the ocean. And the story is a lot offun. Highly recommended for all ages.
Reviewed byMatt_LaydenVote: 8/10/10
2016 has been a particularly strong year for animated films. With thelikes of Zootopia, Finding Dory and Kubo & The Two Strings all vyingfor best animated picture of the year, it seems Moana deserves to bementioned in the same breath as well. It's no fluke that out of thefour movies I just mentioned, 3 of them belong under the house of themouse.
Legend has it that demigod Maui stole a sacred stone, the heart of thegoddess Te Fiti. The lava demon confronted him and both the heart andMaui were lost forever. Now, the world is slowly dying and someone mustfind the heart and force Maui to put it back. But who is this chosenone? It might be Moana, a Polynesian girl who is suppose to be takingover as chief of her tribe, but longs to sail beyond the reef.Featuring new comer Auli'i Carvalho as Moana and the most electrifyingman in sports entertainment, Dwayne 'The Rock" Johnson, as the demigodMaui.
It's not surprising that I found myself tapping my feet to the songs inthis film because Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of Hamilton, shares histalent with this film. I can easily see any one of the songs in thispiece going up for and winning Best Original Song, giving the man the Oin the prestigious PEGOT award circle. He currently has a Pulitzer,Emmy, Tony and Grammy, among more. The songs here remind me of theold-school Disney songs, easy to listen to, fun to play on repeat andimportant to the story. At first, I felt it was a little too on thenose with some of the lyrics, but eventually he won me over and I'vebeen listening to the soundtrack ever since.
The film itself might lack some of the intricacies of plot heavy filmslike Zootopia, but this journey story is entertaining and heartfelt.The vibrant colours of the green islands and the blue sea help propelthe film above and beyond what some others films have to offer. Theanimation takes a nice little turn for the creative when the charactersfind themselves under the sea in a side villains lair. We are treatedwith some bioluminescent sequences with another catchy tune not farbehind.
Johnson is stellar as Maui, he seems completely comfortable in a voiceacting role and surprisingly has the chops to sing a tune. NewcomerAuli'i Carvalho holds her own against a star like Johnson and shereally gives a strong voice to a driven female character. I applaudthat Disney didn't feel the need to shoehorn in a love story either.This is a tale about self discovery, not some young woman needing tofind a man. Disney nods and respects their past while looking to thefuture with Moana. Princesses no longer need to be the 'love' goal of aman.
Moana is a visually beautiful film with great songs and a strong femalelead character. There are some visually gags for the kids and a greattime for adults. Moana is a great film.
Moana Waialiki is a sea voyaging enthusiast and the only daughter of a chief in a long line of navigators. When her island's fishermen can't catch any fish and the crops fail, she learns that the demigod Maui caused the blight by stealing the heart of the goddess, Te Whiti. The only way to heal the island is to persuade Maui to return Te Whiti's heart, so Moana sets off on an epic journey across the Pacific. The film is based on stories from Polynesian mythology.