An adventurous teenager sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demigod Maui, who guides her in her quest to become a master way-finder. Together they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds. Along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she always sought: her own identity.
I had the opportunity to watch Moana on Thanksgiving with my sisters. I have been highly anticipating this movie since it was first announced. What I really love is how Disney is finally starting to diversify the movies, ever since The Princess and The Frog came out. I am really loving how modern Disney is becoming, and don’t get me wrong, I still love the classics. I still have hope for Disney to produce a movie with a Latina heroine.
Now, Moana is such a great film. I don’t want to spoil the movie for anyone, but this is a movie that I would rewatch in the theaters. I laughed and cried several times throughout this film. I’m twenty five years old by the way, and this movie made me emotionally invested in the characters and the plot. Moana is not a princess, she is the chief’s daughter and she is next in line to become her village’s chief. She is stubborn, independent, and loyal. She is extremely close to her family, especially her grandmother. She is the chosen one to save her village, and she needs the help of Maui the demigod.
The characters were greatly developed, and I liked the interactions between Moana and Maui. This might be a minor spoiler: there is no romance. This is a tale of a young girl risking her life in order to bring back peace to her village. As for the soundtrack, it’s amazing. If you like Hamilton, you will love this soundtrack because Lin-Manuel Miranda created some of the songs. The songs are really catchy, especially You’re Welcome. As for Dwayne Johnson, he killed it as Maui. He was terrific. I couldn’t imagine anyone else portraying his character. Auli’i Cravalho was wonderful as Moana and she has an amazing singing voice.
Lastly, watch the movie. I guarantee that you’ll love it!
Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️