“Moana” Movie Review

     “Moana” is an adventure story about a 16 year old, Moana (Auli’i Cravalho), a Polynesian girl who is next in line to be chief of her tribe, leaving her island to find the demigod, Maui (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson), to restore the heart of Te Fiti, the goddess of creation in order to save her people, her island and the world.

     The film represents and appreciates the cultures the movie was inspired from. Moana is the first Polynesian princess adding more diversity to the Disney princesses. In addition, directors Ron Clements and John Musker depicted the characters to accurately represent Pacific Islanders. “Moana” gives people a better understanding about Pacific Islanders because it portrays the myths, traditions, and norms of their cultures.

     Watching the movie is appealing to the eye because it is full of vibrant colors that range from the palm trees, islands, and the ocean to the color of Moana’s skin. What makes this even more impressive is that the movie is entirely computer animated.

     There is definite character development between main characters, Moana and Maui. In the beginning of the film, Moana was curious teenage girl dealing with a self-identity crisis but by the end of the film, she finds herself as the leader and savior of her tribe. Maui, starts off as an arrogant demigod who only cares about himself to mask his insecurity but later finds himself becoming a humble and secure individual.

     “Moana” is unique from other Disney princess movies because it does not involve any romance. This Disney film is about female empowerment which sends a strong message for little girls that they can stand strong all on their own because instead of needing a prince to save the day, Moana becomes a hero to herself and her people.

     Moana is a one of kind Disney heroine movie and it is definitely worth the watch.

Written by Staff Writer,

Kaye Bonifacio

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