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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. Written by
When Maui and Moana argue about whether or not she's a princess, Maui says, "If you wear a dress and you have an animal sidekick, you're a princess." However, in this scene, Moana isn't wearing a dress. She's wearing a crop top and skirt. See more »
In the beginning, there was only ocean. Until the Mother Island emerged: Te Fiti. Her heart held the greatest power ever known. It could create life itself and Te Fiti shared it with the world. But in time, some began to seek Te Fiti's heart. They believed if they could possess it, the great power of creation would be theirs. And one day, the most daring of them all voyaged across the vast ocean to take it. He was a demi-god of the wind and sea. He was a warrior, a trickster, a ...
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Moana brings the Mulan (1998) formula and it delivers a home-run.
The movie begins on a slow pace so you can start getting to know what the character has to deal with in order to get you ready with the main dilemma for Moana which will be to either follow your passion and dreams or be the princess you are supposed to be ignoring your goals, this may be a detractor for some people who likes a fast paced action movie since the beginning.
With the newcomer Auli'i Cravalho as the voice of Moana, she did a wonderful job on bringing the character to life and giving it that desire to see her triumph in her journey of self-discovery. We are taken alongside Moana on her growing up phase acting as the teenager she is instead of the grown up they want her to be. This road takes us to meet our main support character which is Maui the demigod voiced by Dwayne ¨The Rock¨Johnson.
Dwayne Johnson delivered an incredible voice acting job as Maui, we haven't seen ¨The Rock¨on this type of roles and surprisingly it could be one of his best role in recent years, this said the character Maui also had it's journey to once again know himself and remember who he was and why he did the things he did, this was something that made the character special since on the long run you could also be striving for Maui to change and be better.
Now for the movie as a whole it had it's usual clichés every Disney movie has, this movie delivers it's formula with a well thought script and story that it didn't feel as the same thing we have seen even though you may know what it's going to happen.
For the songs in the movie they were done perfectly, even though it will not be a trademark song like Frozen (Let it Go), this movie did well to get the children's engaged and sing (I am Moana), but this is not memorable as Frozen at all, so for this category as Best Original Song it's highly unlikely it will win, but it well deserves its nomination, also with the contribution of Lin-Manuel Miranda director of Hamilton in the movie this definitely deserved its spot in the Oscars.
With all this said, you will definitely enjoy the journey of Moana and Maui the demigod since the movie delivers well thought songs, a good Disney formula and each of the characters with their own unique personality will engage you in a certain way that you will be rooting for both of them to accomplish their goal and at the end you will be happy with their results.
It deserves its solid 8/10.
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