Disney’s Moana – A Review

We missed the premiere of this one – Moana, sadly. But I’m glad we got to watch it over the Christmas season with the children.

Moana is a lovely film for all the family to enjoy.

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The story –

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… Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Moana is about an adventurous teenager who, with help from demigod Maui (voiced by Dwayne Johnson) sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and save her people.

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What we thought –

This is a feel good movie. It is inspiring and heartfelt.

The sunny Polynesian island is just what we need to see in the midst of the UK winter.

Moana is a rebel who frequently hears the ocean beckoning and she wants to explore as her ancestors did years ago. As her people face difficulties, she knows it is she who has to embark on a journey to find Maui and get him to replace what he took from the ocean. Maui, she finds, is an arrogant demigod but he is not as confident as he looks without his fish hook.

As they join hands to go on an amazing adventure to save her island and people, the film erupts into a magical and yet very down to earth story.

There is no love interest in this movie and the ‘princess’ is not in a long gown. Yet, Moana promises to hold a place in the Disney princess line up with her inspiring character.

There are bits that may be a bit scary for little ones – the crab and the lava villain but my 5-year-old was enthralled from the word go.

What I loved most was the reference to Polynesian culture that was so refreshing in a Disney film. And yes, there are songs that you can sing along to as well.

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