Friday, 23 December 2016

Spoiler Free Moana Film Review

At the beginning of the month my wait to see Moana was finally over. I always expect great things from Disney but Moana far surpassed all of my expectations. The story follows the fiery, Polynesian heroin as she voyages beyond the reef to find demi-god Maui and save her island from their deadly fate.

I was immediately captivated by adorable scenes of baby Moana being called to the ocean for the first time. From there we are treat to absolutely breathtaking visuals of starry skies and water bending as well artistic patterned backgrounds. Combined with a feel good soundtrack (which I haven’t been able to stop playing since) you are fully transported into Moana’s world making for a truly spectacular cinematic experience.
Moana is a truly empowering tale that pays homage to Polynesian culture and teaches some very powerful messages along the way. The film focuses on finding inner strength, overcoming self doubt and going beyond the limits that you and others place on yourself. It has a similar vibe to Hercules and Atlantis, two of my all time favourites.

Although there are no romantic relationships in the movie, the strong family bond between Moana and her grandmother is so compellingly beautiful to watch, and struck even more of an emotional chord with me than a love interest would have.

The perfectly cast Dwayne Johnson (WHO I LOVE BY THE WAY) provides comic relief in the role of Maui - the tattooed, shape-shifting demi-god. I had to laugh when he and Moana were discussing if she was a princess or not “If you wear a dress and have an animal sidekick, you’re a princess” - I do love when Disney pokes fun at itself and who knew The Rock could sing?

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed Moana from start to finish and strongly recommend that you go and see it. Powerful, stunning and supremely entertaining - Moana is one of the best Disney films I have seen in a long time. A solid 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Have you seen Moana yet?
What's your favourite song from the soundtrack?
Tell me in the comments below

- A x


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