For a while there, Disney's 3D animated films were often confused with that of Pixar films. Then came long monster hits like Wreck it Ralph, Frozen and Zootopia; which helped the studio distance itself from it's subsidiary (Pixar). Now, the latest film in their lineup has been released, it's Moana. The film stars new comer Auli'i Carvalho as the titular character; and Dwayne Johnson as Maui, the demigod that must help Moana save the world. Lot's to talk about, let's go!
What I liked about the film:
The journey Moana and Maui take fits well in the world of the film. There are dangers and bad guys they must defeat to save their land. But it's not all doom and gloom. The story touches on hope, belief, and destiny. I love that. It speaks a language kids will understand, but one that adults will appreciate. I'll stop there because, if you read the blog you know, I don't discuss plot points in my reviews. Go watch the movie for that!
The Characters/ Cast
The Music/ Songs
Opetaia Foa'i and Lin-Manuel Miranda created songs that will surely be the memorized, and repeated for years to come. Seriously though, these are songs as memorable as the ones in Frozen, and even some of the historical 2D Disney movies like Aladdin and The Little Mermaid. Songs like 'I am Moana' and 'You're Welcome' are stuck in my head hours after leaving the theater. In fact, I'm listening to them on YouTube, as I write this review. Foa'i brings a sense of history and tradition to the songs. Miranda, made famous by the Broadway hit 'Hamilton', makes the music fun and inviting. The songs are upbeat, happy, and inspiring. And best of all, they bring meaning to the characters, and serve the story. Awesome!
The Animation and Setting
What I didn't like about the film:
One of the Best Disney Movies in Years
97% on Rotten Tomatoes as of the post date of this review. It's doing big numbers at the box office, and seems to have staying power 2 weeks after its release. I highly recommend this movie. It harkens back to the Disney movies of old, but keeping with the trend of computer animation films. It's funny, packs emotional punches, and still finds an adventurous story to tell. The voice talent, director, and musicians is the best of the best. Go support this film. Hit me up on Twitter or the Facebook Group to discuss more.