Moana vs Frozen

Moana is Disney’s latest animated film feature and follows the story of the strong-willed Moana and how she finds herself. It is Disney’s 56th animated feature film and is produced by the same team who made Frozen and Zootropolis. 

Straight from the off you can see the similarities between Moana and Frozen, both films start showing the main character (well one of the main characters in Frozen’s case) as a child and shows how them first using their ‘magic’, in Moana’s case its controlling the ocean and in Elsa’s it’s cryokinetic magic. We also see in both films how both characters are discouraged to use their powers, and it is not until they are both older we see them using them to their full extent.

There are a load of obvious similarities between the two, for example both feature strong female lead characters, both have a number of magical elements throughout and both feature adorable sidekicks. The sidekicks are very alike as well, Olaf (Frozen) and the ‘stupid’ chicken Heihei (Moana) help contribute to the humour, whereas Sven (Frozen) and Pua (Moana) offer a more loyal and ‘sassy’ sidekick. 

Even the design of some of the characters show a clear likeness to those in Frozen, for example the Lava Monster in Moana looks like a not so distant cousin of the Snow Monster in Frozen! We have seen instances before in Disney films where they have recycled a certain section or design but Moana’s ‘copy’ of Frozen has taken this to a whole new level!

None the less, whilst there are a vast number of similarities between the two films, I still thoroughly enjoy both of these hits and look forward to watching them again in years to come. Be sure to check out my review of Moana posted yesterday!

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Moana Review

Moana tells the tale of a strong-willed daughter of the chief of a tribe, who is chosen by the ocean to reunite a magical relic with a goddess. The story follows Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) as she sets sail to find a legendary ‘demigod’ Maui (Dwayne Johnson) and pursues their adventures on the sea. 

Prior to seeing the trailers of Moana, I didn’t know too much about it, only that I thought it would have some sort of Lilo and Stitch kind of vibe. However, this couldn’t have been anymore of the opposite! Moana was unsurprisingly produced by the same people who made Frozen and Zootropolis, I say unsurprisingly as Moana is basically a carbon copy of Frozen! Bar the snow and there only being one lead female character in Moana, it is crazy how similar both films are – from the catchy musical tunes to the adorably funny sidekicks, both films are so alike! (I will be posting something about the similarities between the two in the coming days, so stay posted!)

Regardless of how similar this film is to Frozen, it really is a fantastic film. The plot is easily understandable and is visually great, whilst it is not as beautiful as say The Good Dinosaur was, it is an aesthetically pleasing triumph and will make you want to go and book an exotic holiday as soon as you come out of the cinema!

The cast is awesome too, Dwayne Johnson provided a barrel of laughs as the demigod Maui and Moana played by the amazing Auli’i Cravalho was a perfect fit for the role, it was hard to believe that she is only 16! She is definitely one to look out for in the future as she is seemingly already a fantastic actress. 

Go and watch, wait for the DVD or avoid altogether? – I would highly recommend going to see Moana as soon as you can. I have no doubt in saying that this is an instant classic and will be a treasured movie in years to come.

Rating: 8.1/10

Call of Duty Modern Warfare Remastered Review

Oh my god. THE NOSTALGIA. I have missed this game so much! From the loading screen with that joyous music to those infamous cutscenes setting the scene for each of the campaign missions, it makes me so giddy! I can’t think of a game in recent months which has fed my hunger to sit down and play for hours on end without getting the slightest bit bored. 

Campaign

I didn’t actually realise how amazing this campaign was! The storyline is so gripping and involving of the audience, it could easily be the plot for a movie! I think it must be one of the first video games which I had an emotional connection with the characters – I actually cared about my AI in the game, if they were under heavy fire I’d make the time and effort to run over and protect them. The gameplay was just as crisp as I remembered it to be and I can’t wait to go back and complete the whole campaign on Veteran difficulty! I must have spent about an hour just trying to complete the cargo run in a quick as time as possible. Even simple things such as picking up enemy intel brings back so many great memories of playing through the levels searching high and low for them.

Multiplayer

Yet again the memories are brought back to how good this game truly was. It didn’t take long for me to get back into the swing of things and back to the red hot form I left way back in 2008! Multiplayer is just as fun and exciting as it was all those years ago, however the shiny gloss gives it a fresh new feel. The only disappoint from the multiplayer aspect in my opinion is that there is only 10 maps available, as opposed to the 20 which the first instalment had. However I have heard that some of the other maps will be added as free DLC soon.

Whilst I wasn’t overly impressed with Infinite Warfare I must say that I am very impressed with what Infinity Ward did with Modern Warfare and it is a welcomed return for the best selling classic.

Buy, wait for sale or avoid? Sadly to pick up Modern Warfare Remastered, you also have To buy Infinite Warfare. That being said, the duo seem to have come down in price in recent weeks so I would recommend picking up at a good price!

Rating: 8.4/10