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.