Last night, I had the privilege of seeing Disney’s latest 3D animation movie Moana at a local advance screening. Although the movie may have ran past the girls’ bedtime, they were so excited that they stayed up the entire time, even the car ride home, and they couldn’t stop talking about it.
Disney’s Moana Overcomes Her Fears And Wins The Hearts Of Many
In Moana, an energetic Polynesian girl named Moana goes on a quest to follow her heart. She knows in her heart she was chosen for much more than her father, Chief Tui, wished for her. To save her island, she breaks boundaries and sets sail beyond the safe waters. With demiGod Maui (Dwayne Johnson) guiding her on the wide open, rough waters of the ocean, she realizes she is much more than a princess. For Maui, it is a story of redemption, but for Moana, it is about overcoming fears and believing in yourself.
Vibrant Polynesian Visuals And Dance-Inducing Island Soundtrack
While the plot is not out of the ordinary (with a female lead journeying on an adventurous quest), the incredible visuals bring the animation to life. With lush, scenic views of the rainforests, islands, and volcanoes, I was swept away by the breathtaking landscapes. The tropical scenery was one of my favorite parts of the movie.
Another strength was the fun island soundtrack. When the island people sang a catchy tune about coconuts, I could pictures my girls asking to put the songs on for a family dance party. My other favorite was a silly and dramatic song by the gigantic, sparkly crab Tamatoa.
For a sample of the visuals and soundtrack, check out “The Way To Moana” Featurette. This short clip gives great insight into how the movie was made and researched with visits to the Polynesian Islands. I love the part where the filmmakers explain how they decided to make the ocean a character.
My daughter’s favorite part was that Moana did what she was inspired to do. The message of the movie is clear. Even when your dreams seem impossible, you can achieve anything if it is meant to be. I liked that children can see the power of trying again when all else fails. Although the movie has some intense parts, it has a feel good message and is empowering to young women.
With the release of Moana happening on Thanksgiving weekend, it has a timely focus on traditions. During your upcoming holiday family gatherings, this feel good, kid friendly movie serves as a reminder of what we love most about the holiday, spending quality time together.
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I received a free item, but it in no way influenced my opinion.