Henny's Movie Review: Moana (aka Vaiana)
In three words: A Fun Movie.
With Pixar dropping the ball lately it is good to see that Disney ispicking it up with great movies like, Tangled, Zootopia and now Moana.Yes, they made a mediocre over-hyped movie named Frozen, read myprevious review for my thoughts about that movie. Moana really doesn'tdisappoint it has a good pacing, a great cast, and it is BEAUTIFUL. Icould just leave my review at this and tell you to go and watch thismovie, but let's see "How Far I'll Go".
Moana is a story that takes place in Ancient Polynesia, when a cursereaches the island Mata Nui a chieftain's daughter is determined to goon a journey, to find a demigod named Maui in order to stop the curse.
Like most Disney movies this is a coming of age story. Moana is achieftain's daughter who is struggling with her love for her people andher love for the ocean. She is determined and a strong character. It iswonderful to see her grow and find herself throughout the movie. She isvoiced by Auli'I Cravaljo and it fits like a glove, perfect love heraccent.
Moana is joined by a demigod named Maui. He starts out as anegotistical/funny character but we quickly learn why and see him changefor the better. He is voiced by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and if youknow The Rock YOU know what to expect. You can never go wrong with TheRock.
Other supporting characters were there to setup the plot andexposition.
The music, as expected, was typically Disney which is a good thingbecause I love Disney songs. After the movie you just can't get it outof your head. All the scores were very good. It did the basics likeunderscoring a scene but it also carried the movie for a huge part.
The three-act-structure. Moana has a great beginning, good middle, anda great ending. Furthermore, the pacing of this movie is fast in a goodway. It doesn't hold on to a scene for too long and the movie knowswhen to cut.
The cinematography was beautiful it really shows that the creators havedone their research. I love the bright colors and gorgeous sceneries.It would appear that Disney's new approach to movie making is startingto pay-off, by remaking their old animated movies into real-life andmocking their old movies with their new 3d-animated movies, they arebreathing new life into their movies. As aforementioned in theintroduction Moana is a must see movie that won't disappoint.
I give this movie a 8.5.
Moana (2016) 1080p YIFY Movie
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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.
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The Synopsis for Moana (2016) 1080p
Moana Waialiki is a sea voyaging enthusiast and the only daughter of a chief in a long line of navigators. When her island's fishermen can't catch any fish and the crops fail, she learns that the demigod Maui caused the blight by stealing the heart of the goddess, Te Whiti. The only way to heal the island is to persuade Maui to return Te Whiti's heart, so Moana sets off on an epic journey across the Pacific. The film is based on stories from Polynesian mythology.
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Henny's Movie Review: Moana (aka Vaiana)
I have been largely unimpressed with Disney's recent animated movies, and many of my criticisms with them hold true with Moana. Looking back at Wreck-It Ralph, Zootopia, and Frozen, it seems to me that Disney is more interested in building a visually beautiful world than building a great story. This is true with Moana. The animation is wonderful. The world is gorgeous. The story, however, is rather dull and shallow.
The world is by design fairly sparse. There aren't a lot of characters in this movie. So to make up for that, the story or the characters need to be particularly compelling. Unfortunately, they aren't.
Disney breaks no new ground with Moana's story. That isn't new for Disney, and to be fair, it isn't necessarily a bad thing. Many good movies are just well-done re-imaginings of classic stories. But Moana isn't even that. At every step of the way, I couldn't shake a feeling that I'd seen it all before. The story never gripped me nor did it leave me feeling fulfilled. Thus, the film just feels empty.
If either Moana or Maui were engaging characters, this movie could have been good. Despite a good performance from Auli'i Cravalho, Moana had a very small character arc. She was not that different a person at the end of the film than she was at the beginning. For much of the film, she had very little agency of her own. The plot seemed to carry her along, rather than she driving the plot.
Maui did everything he could to cause the plot to stall. This could have been great, as his antagonistic attempts to stop the main character could have worked as the central conflict. But since Moana is rarely actually trying to move the plot forward, the conflict just seems to be her-vs-him, which is mildly interesting at best.
It's a shame. Moana could have been such a good movie. But it suffers from the same failings as most recent Disney animated ventures: wonderfully crafted world without a story worthy of that world.
Moana is a return to the classic Disney formula, the clichés and characters ripped from a number of other animated films. However, the pure beauty and skill of the production rises the old story into new heights.
Following from the success of Zootropolis, Moana follows a more traditional narrative we know and love; the princess who wishes for something more and is whisked on a supernatural adventure. We know this story so well yet Moana seems fresh and thrilling as if the plot was innovative. Perhaps this is due to the Polynesian setting or the morally ambiguous Maui, played perfectly by Dwayne Johnson, but most likely it is it the simple magic of Disney – the wonder for both children and adults has reached its peak with the perfection of the classic formula. For once, the clichés make the film more enjoyable. The quality of the animation helps too: it's clear they have reached the pinnacle of blending realistic textures with stylised designs, creating an aesthetic beauty that few other companies can match – Disney have mastered water to the point it looks better animated than in real life! Even the music has been perfected here, the annoying catchiness of Frozen's tunes replaced by memorable but effective songs that fit the culture and setting of our adventure. A childlike warmth was awakened in me and many other adult members of the audience as the film brought the emotional highs of the Disney renaissance without the modern subversion of the classic tropes. While Moana sometimes threatens this with pop culture references, the film thankfully keeps to mostly traditional values and morals; a step above many children's animated films released today.
Moana is good, old fashioned Disney magic; the traditional narrative and morals updated with stellar animation and an awareness that's effective but never overpowering enough to threaten the integrity of the Disney formula.
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