Moana - 3.5 Stars
Disney’s latest animated musical offering is fun for everyone!
In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui reaches an impetuous Chieftain's daughter's island, she answers the Ocean's call to seek out the Demigod to set things right.
It’s difficult not to like a Disney movie and even while this one sticks to Disney’s typical plot (if it ain’t broke…) I still really enjoyed it. Auli’i Cravalho has the most stunning voice and her songs in the film sent shivers down my spine. Dwayne Johnson’s Maui is clearly comic relief (in the way Sebastian the crab was in Little Mermaid), his vocals are clearly auto-tuned, but his one song is still enjoyable. Rachel House, Nicole Scherzinger and Christopher Jackson all provide solid vocals for the soundtrack too.
The music for the film is a little different, there’s a modern edge to the tonality - Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa’i have written some wonderful music, and I’m sure the Broadway version isn’t far off.
Overall it’s not the most original film ever, yet it is great to see more diversity in Disney’s animated films and this is a fun musical adventure for the whole family.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Walt Disney Entertainment