REVIEW: Moana exhibits remarkable animation and music, empowers viewers


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Disney’s most recent film Moana was released on Nov. 23, 2016. Fair Use Image:

Disney’s most recent film Moana just hit theaters last week. After opening, the film has received rave reviews. The film focuses on a young Hawaiian girl named Moana who’s father is the chief of the island, and plans to hand down his position to her after he dies. However, Moana does not want to be the chief and instead feels pulled to the ocean and exploring the greater sea.

Through song and design, this movie tells a beautiful story of independence and courage. The new film features music written by Mark Mancina, Opetaia Foa’i, and Lin Manuel Miranda (most recently known for his hit musical Hamilton), that helps to transport the audience to the location where the movie takes place. Songs like “How Far I’ll Go” and “We Know The Way” become anthems for the movie, and stick with audience members even as they leave the theater.

Disney really hit it home with their animations for this movie. Each design is crystal clear and represents the tropical world that the characters adventure through. Most of the film takes place near the ocean, and each time water is present the animation displays the beauty of the ocean which helps to create emotional moments throughout the movie.

Disney movies in the past have tended to feature female characters, although they mostly are motivated by male characters. In Moana, the main female character has no male character who she depends on. Disney can be applauded for showing their viewers that female characters are just as courageous and strong as male characters.

This movie is highly recommended. This is definitely a film to see in theaters.



5 out of 5 stars