(Possible spoilers down below?)
Also, this won’t be my typical review. This review is just a normal review on the movie I just watched. And, won’t be included in my Every Animation Movie Collection. I will include a real Moana when I get to it, but that won’t be for a really long time. Since, I’m still in the 1950s and this is all the way in 2016.
Finally, saw Moana last night and it was difficult avoiding any spoilers about the movie. But, it was worth it. Moana has now gone into my top 10 Disney animated movies. (And, it’s pretty difficult to get in there.) I never thought I would absolutely love another Disney movie again, especially one so recent. Don’t get me wrong, there are newer Disney movies I really liked, Tangled, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, etc. But, I don’t love them. Yet, I love Moana.
Moana has some of the most beautiful animation I’ve seen in a long time from Disney. And, there are some scenes that just look so real. The ocean is the best part. It really feels like you are there. The fish, the flowers, everything is absolutely beautiful. When, Moana whips her hair, it actually looks like real hair. I prefer 2D movies, but I’m really glad they used 3D with this movie. It works so well. The only 2D they used was in Maui’s tattoos, and it was absolutely awesome. His tattoos look so great.
Most of the characters are great. I didn’t really like Maui’s character, but in the end, I was able to tolerate him. The crab character, I thought was literally pointless, but he was only there for a few minutes, so I’m okay with that. The other characters are great. But, Moana is amazing. She reminds me so much of a combination of the Disney Princesses. She is innocent like Snow White, kind like Cinderella, beautiful like Aurora, curious like Ariel, smart like Belle, headstrong like Jasmine, adventurous like Pocahontas, brave like Mulan, hard-working like Tiana, spunky like Rapunzel, independent like Merida, and awkward like Anna. (She especially reminds me of a mix of Ariel and Pocahontas) Her character is great. She is officially my new favorite Disney princess.
Also, Disney put in a lot of work to stay true to the Polynesian community. And, it showed quite well. It really seemed like you were hearing an actual story from an elder. All the small details and attention were great.
The story is awesome. And, I wouldn’t mind a sequel to this. I don’t really want to tell more, because I’m trying not to spoil it for you guys. (But, it is awesome.)
The voice acting is great. Au’li awesome, The Rock awesome, the other characters awesome. And, whoever played the crab (which I didn’t like the character) was freaking awesome. It really fit. Au’li was the best choice for Moana. Her voice fit her so perfect. Great casting choices!
Also, this movie is very sad. I won’t tell you what happened, but I’m embarrassed to admit, that I cried. I tried really hard not to, but I couldn’t. Why Disney, why? Now, it isn’t as sad as say, Bambi or Dumbo, but it is still sad.
Now, we get to the part that I didn’t really like: the music. I am sorry to whoever did the music, but besides like two songs, I didn’t like the music. And, even though I liked those two songs, I felt they could’ve done better. The songs are similar to Frozen, where they are more pop-oriented instead of actual classics. I really wish Disney would go back to that, because that is what they are best at. And, the music is always timeless, but hasn’t been in a few years sadly. I do think that Au’li (the voice of Moana) has a really pretty voice, especially for a 14 year old. I did like her version of the song. (Also, I’m sorry, I love the Rock, but he can not sing).
Now, is this movie as good as The Lion King? No, but I mean The Lion King is perfect. But, this movie is extremely well-done and worth a watch. If you want a movie that is combined with The Little Mermaid, Pocahontas, Mulan, and Lilo and Stitch all rolled in one, and then Moana is the right choice for you!