Recently I had a contributor get a sneak preview of the upcoming Disney movie Moana. It’s definitely a perk of the job when I can have others get to be a part of what I do, and get to share it with their families as well. Since I couldn’t attend the movie preview, I asked Rae if she would like to attend and review the movie. Below you will find Rae’s thoughts on Moana.
Disney’s newest animated film, Moana, is an adorable tale of a young Polanesian princess who, with the help of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s character, Maui, saves her village and finds her identity along the way. Moana is the teenager daughter of the village chief, who has been inexplicably drawn to the ocean since she was a young child. The villagers all know that to go “beyond the reef” is not allowed and extremely dangerous, yet Moana cannot help but want to follow her heart and explore the vast sea. Her parents continuously remind her that she should concentrate on learning to lead her village and focus on the needs of her people. Her Grandmother on the otherhand, supports Moana’s dreams and pushes her to find out who she is.
When the village begins to have issues with a lack of fish in the waters before the reef, Moana realizes someone must step up with a solution. With her Grandmother’s support and urging, she gains the courage to follow the ocean’s call and to brave the waters beyond the reef, she begins a voyage which takes her all the way across the sea. During her pilgrimage, she meets Maui, a Demi-God who is searching for his magical fishhook, and who needs to return a mystical heart-stone to the Goddess he stole it from. Together, the two of them work through their emotional bruises and find out that being true to yourself is the key to true happiness and freedom.
The movie sticks to the typical plot formula of Disney princess movies, where the main female character discovers her true self, along with the help of a handsome, often charmingly flawed male character and some goofy animal sidekicks, all the while singing about her struggles and eventual empowerment. Overall, Moana is a sweet, heartfelt story with a genuine, positive message. The movie will entertain movie-goers of all ages and genders with its witty dialogue and hysterical animal sidekicks. I believe Moana’s pet chicken, who was lacking more than a few brain cells, stole the show for both my 5 year old stepson and my 42 year old husband.
Moana is to be released in theaters everywhere November 23rd, 2016.