Moana - Theatrical Review

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Moana
Moana – Theatrical Review

Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one knows why. From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli'i Cravalho) meets the mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity.

Since Disney acquired Pixar and placed John Lasseter in the position of Chief Creative Officer they have been putting out quality animated films one after another. By bringing Pixar’s family mentality to each film they have had countless eyes and minds work on each film. Moana is no exception to the rule.

It’s a well thought out film with a marvellous story. This the first Disney animated film with no “love” interest at all, unless you count the ocean and her people. The majority of the Moana voice talent has ancestral ties to the ancient Polynesian times in which the picture takes place. I was pleasantly surprised as to how well The Rock performed in this film.

The introduction of, well I guess in voice talents only, Auli’i Cravalho was a marvelous surprise. I truly enjoyed her voice performance as it captured the nuance of the character on-screen. There is no doubt that Alan Tudyk is phenomenal voice actor. He once again lends his talents to HeiHei… the rooster, who is the comedy animal sidekick.

Moana surprises in the emotional tones is conveys. Everything from curiosity to disappointment to fear to heartache to joy. The movie caters to both children and adults with its humour and storytelling. Disney undoubtedly has another classic on its hands.

If you haven’t taken the little’s out to see this one yet I highly recommend you do.

9

Amazing

Since seeing Star Wars on TV as a child Shane has been hooked on movies. In 2001 he decided to start up his own webpage dedicated to his new love DVD. Now, over 17-years later he continues to FEED YOUR HUNGER with the latest Theatrical, Blu-ray and DVD reviews. Review equipment: Sony Bravia X900H, Pioneer Elite VSX-94TXH, 7.2 Surround with B&W M1 speakers.

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