Revue of MOANA
Release Date: November 23, 2016
Genre: Animated Adventure
Directed By: John Musker and Ron Clements
This tale of self-discovery is of a rebellions teenage girl called Moana voiced by Auli’i Cravalho who goes on a quest to save her village from looming extinction and in the process makes an unlikely alliance with a demigod named Maui voiced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Moana and Maui on their ocean jaunts encounter quite a number of adversaries and together they must conquer and discover their true purpose in the process.
Disney have yet again shown why they are the leaders in animated fairy tales. In this engaging animated film, they have added another unforgettable character to their catalogue of princesses. Also, with a musical score that can compete with their Lion King Disney have made another classic adventure and the Polynesian background adds an exotic twist to the characters.
The animation of this movie is just another thing. People usually hail the guys who do the characters but this time, I need to give special mention to the guys that did the environment design because they did one hell of a job. The whole background and scenery seemed so fluid and realistic that you would never imagine that it was animated. The water flowed with such grace and color that you could almost feel with though the screen. I have this feeling that though the movie was about courage and self-discovery but at the same time had an undertone of naturism.
By the way, I must mention the music which was oh so awesome! Lin-Manuel and a whole lot of composers made some good music that will rival Frozen and even Lion King. I was really impressed with the rendition by the cast of the movie, even The Rock impressed me with his singing, that dude is one versatile actor. My favorite song is Who You Are by Auli’i Cravalho that song has been ringing in my head since I left the cinema. I am now going to Amazon to purchase the full album.
I cannot end this revue without talking about my favorite character in the whole movie- Hayhay the chicken! That chicken reminded me of Skrat the saber toothed squirrel from Iceage. Chicken didn’t say much (or anything at all) but he brought the laughs for me. Make sure you look out for him.
MOANA had great CGI and super music and teaches kids and adults alike that you cannot achieve success without knowing who you are and reaching for your dreams no matter how farfetched they may look. This earns the film a 7.8/10 rating on my awesome-o-metre.
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