Blu-ray Review: ‘Moana’

Review by Monique

On a mystic island in Polynesia, the 16-year-old strong-willed daughter of the chief of the tribe, Moana from Motunui Island, is chosen by the ocean itself to reunite the Heart of Te Fiti. She sets sail in search of Maui, a legendary demigod and hopes to save her people.

Disney Animation Studios has been entertaining families since their initial Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs film release back in the late 1930s. Frozen’s ice princess, Elsa, has maintained her crown as one of the most popular animated heroines but now we’ve got some competition. Moana, whom I’d like to dub as the princess of the ocean just might steal that crown from Elsa, that is until Frozen 2 is released…we’ll tackle that when that day comes.

Released in 3D, Moana, with the title character voiced by newcomer Auliʻi Cravalho, is an exuberant teenager whom the ocean has personally chosen to help save her island from being demolished. She takes sail in the ocean on a makeshift raft-like boat and connects with Maui (Dwayne Johnson), a legendary demigod.

Moana has a feel-good vibe and highlights the culture of the Polynesian people with it’s awesome music! Sometimes the singing in Disney movies can be a bit too much but the island culture and inspiration behind the film’s soundtrack is well balanced and is actually effective. Being such a lively and vibrant film, the film will bring along a summery feeling that’ll make you want to high-five the ocean just like Moana does.

To match the films crisp and dynamic picture are the magical moments that make Disney movies so heartwarming: the ‘morals of the story’ so to say. The film is packed with pretty good subtle messages that results in something that all ages can take away from. While Moana doesn’t look like your typical Disney princess, she puts me in mind of Merida from Disney Pixar’s Brave. In both cases, image isn’t everything and with Moana that’s one of the main messages. Although she’s a princess, she doesn’t find it necessary to conform to your typical princess appearance.

Moana will surely be a delight to the entire family, and yes, even the boys. Elsa officially has competition and Moana is here to take the crown!

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