The ocean chose me for a reason…

It’s About: An island princess challenges the traditions by going across the ocean to find a way to save her dying island. She convinces Maui (once mighty demigod) to help her in the task. Both go on an adventurous journey to realize their true fates.

Quick Facts: Starring Auli’i Cravalho as Moana and Dwayne Johnson as Maui, the movie released in 2016 and is rated 7.7 on IMDb and 81% on Metacritic.

My Rating: 4 out of 5

My Review: Moana is like a mesmerizing adventurous trip. One with amazing places to explore and fine background music to add all the drama.

It has a very simple story, limited characters, but they keep you engaged throughout. Not to mention the Disney Animation up keeps its standards. The waves, the ocean, the bluest sky and the star reflecting sea, produce best effects on our eyes.

Unlike most Disney movies, Moana is more about rags and splashes than silks and serenity. And though it has the Disney trademark “follow your inner voice” message, the true essence of Moana lies in the romance-less, adventurous journey of discovering oneself and falling in love with that person.

Maui from Moana

Talking about the characters, Dwayne Johnson has done an incredible job. I couldn’t imagine anyone doing more justice to Maui than him. It felt like the character was made just for him and he totally enjoyed being it. Everything about him is adorable, even the self boasting habit is cute. Actress Auli’i Cravalho also performed well considering it was her acting debut. All other characters, however small, are there to stay in your head. Even little Hei Hei and Gramma Tala gave some hilarious moments and inspiring dialogues our Disney movies are famous for.

shiny song from moana

Coming to the soundtrack, I totally enjoyed all the songs. They were just the right amount, put at apt places and had beautiful beats and lyrics. My personal favorite is “Shiny” by Jamaine Clement.

All that said, in my opinion, Moana is one hell of a princess, the kind I like. Strong, independent and the ones who are all ears to the language of the Universe. I had a wonderful time watching her and her journey with super fun friends. Its a fine Disney piece not to be missed.

Until next time, this is Zee signing off, and I am –

Shiny from Moana



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