‘Moana’ Movie Review

Who knew The Rock could sing? Like, is there anything that man can’t d0? It’s just really not fair…like stop…

‘Moana’ is Disney’s newest animated feature starring Auli’i Carvalho as Moana and Dwayne Johnson as the demigod, Maui. Moana and Maui basically have to go on a mission to save her island and her people. That’s definitely a brief summary, but the lore of the story goes pretty deep to explain in just a paragraph. That’s part of what I loved about this movie, and I LOVED this movie. I am a huge sucker for folk tales and traditions in different cultures, and I loved the story of the island that she lives on and what her people believe in. They are such an optimistic culture too which I absolutely love.

Also, as everyone assumed, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s music is glorious. Everybody knew it would be and it is. I really enjoyed the music because it is something different. I’m sorry, but movies like ‘Frozen’ all kind of have the same Disney sound. It’s refreshing to hear something a little more mature in an animated movie.

Obviously I really enjoyed this movie but there is one problem that I had with it, and that is that the villains really kind of suck. There is a crab and a lava monster that are the main antagonists, and neither are really that menacing at all, and they escape them with ease. The lava monster has a little bit more of a story which I really liked, but when it comes down to it, there really didn’t seem to be that much of a challenge with either. The crab has a pretty great song tho. So there’s something.

Overall, I hope that more Disney movies are like this. You don’t always have to rely on corny jokes to make a kid’s movie. Adults have to see it too, and it’s nice to be able to watch something without a bunch of fart jokes everywhere. I would definitely recommend seeing ‘Moana’ in theaters.

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