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
Moana (2016) 1080p
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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The Reviews for Moana (2016) 1080p
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Henny's Movie Review: Moana (aka Vaiana)
I hate this Movie. Ironnicly,as I was walking up the stairs and into my seat, I had HIGH expectations. As I sat down excitement and the movie began...I hated the first few minutes. A few minites later added to the fire of my already burning hatred for it. Add 1 hour and 47 mins to that and I'm already clawing my eyes out. I'm gonna make this sweet and short. I felt like I was watching Frozen all over again, just with even more horrendous singing and somehow an even worse script. None of the jokes made me laugh, the best character in the whole movie was the chicken with the only trait as a character is being stupid and vulnerable and the only reason I didn't leave theatre was because it was new year's eve and I had nothing else to do.
Can I say this?... This movie sucks..
Moana is simplistic plot. Surround a young quasi-islander girl with a big over-weight quasi-demi-god, a few animal "friends", a father afraid of going out beyond the reef because his friend drowned? and a need to return a stone to its source because that demi-god stole it? while disrespecting the father/chief? and becoming a leader of the people before the father dies? of which, women weren't allowed to be chiefs?
Disney's ability to dilute any folklore is well-known, in order to make a quick buck by selling junk merchandise to kids. The tattoo suit was a terrible idea, but kudos for pulling it off the shelf quickly.
Disney has a habit also of producing "girl power" movies, which I find to be cookie-cutter style. Disney has found a formula and they rinse-repeat with the characters, music and script. Recently this has been true with movies like Frozen, Tangled and Brave.
In the meantime, Disney ignores the male lead role with the ability to change and overcome challenges in life. (12) movies in the past have featured male leads but none of which meet the standards set forth today by Disney standards for female lead roles. No, I don't include Pixar movies.
Of those (12) movies, only two have meaningful scripts and two have sad endings. Peter Pan (1953), Sword in Stone (1963), Jungle Book (1967/2016), Black Cauldron (1985), Aladdin (1992), Hunchback (1996), Hercules (1997), Tarzan (1999), Emperor's New Groove (2000), Treasure Planet (2002), Brother Bear (2003), Meet Robinson's (2007).
I could really dig deep and trash this movie for all the things they got wrong, but I'm going to skip it and just point out the few things I liked about the movie.
(1) The animation is good. (2) The movie is about the Pacific Islanders. (meh) There was one tune I thought was catchy, the rest were crap
That's it. The rest of the movie is junk to me. It is a cookie- cutter movie with the same theme, with the same songs, with the same direction. Sure there are some amusing parts of the movie, but over all I really didn't care for it.
I also was disappointed in the use of "Disney staff from the Disney resort" who are of native heritage for the bonus features. It became obvious to me that Disney was doing a fluff piece to show the general public that "islanders" love working on the movie, which is a partial truth.
Overall this movie is an amusing production which will satisfy the little kids and the simpletons. If Disney really wanted to make a movie about diversity they could make the same movie about a gay boy trying to be chief after his father dies.