Movie Review: Disney’s Moana


Movie Review: Disney's Moana


If I had to describe the movie Moana with a few words, I’d choose magical, musical, and majestic! Disney’s latest animated movie, Moana, takes us to the Pacific Ocean where we find an adventurous strong-willed teenager (Moana) who longs to sail the vast ocean.

Moana’s island paradise of Motunui was once beautiful and lush.  It is slowly turning to ashes because a magical artifact known as the heart of Goddess Te Feti was stolen. The culprit is said to be Maui (Dwayne Johnson) – the greatest demigod of all the Pacific Islands.

The only way to restore the beautiful island is to locate Maui and force him to restore the heart of Goddess Te Feti. It is Moana that sets out to do just that, against the wishes of her father. As Moana quickly finds out, Maui is not the criminal her people made him out to be. Instead, he joins forces with Moana to find and return the magical artifact.

My Feelings

As I said above, the movie is magical, musical, and majestic. Maui exhibits plenty of magic from his animated moving tattoos to his magical hook. But Maui isn’t the only magical character in this movie. The ocean with its magical talent could also be considered a character.

The movie has quite a few well-placed musical numbers. Catchy songs such “You’re Welcome” and “How Far I’ll Go” enrich the film.

Majestic is a term I would use to describe the impressively beautiful scenery in this movie! From the beautiful lush mountains and plants to the crystal clear blue ocean, the scenery draws you in and makes you want to stay (kinda like Hawaii does).

Overall, I really enjoyed Moana. Just as many other Disney movies, this movie had some really funny lines that were likely intended for adults. My buddy and I found ourselves frequently laughing out loud. I believe both children and adults will be entertained by this movie. There are a few scenes that might be scary for young children. The movie was rated PG for some scary images and brief thematic elements. Be cautious if your child is easily frightened by large monstrous creatures.

Moana sails into theaters on Wednesday, November 23 with a running time of 1 hour 53 minutes. I highly suggest seeing the 3D version.


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