How many of you have been seeing promos for Disney’s latest animated feature film, Moana, all over the place? We sure have, and my 5 year old, ‘Ailani, has been super excited about getting the opportunity to finally see it on the big screen. So, last night I surprised the girls with a little trip to our local theater for a private screening of Moana. I’m super picky about the things I let the girls watch so I was fully prepared to dissect this movie and determine whether or not it was worth recommending to my fellow parents. Well, I’d say: YES. ABSOLUTELY. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND, and in just a moment I will tell you exactly why I have decided to give this film 5 out of 5 stars. But first let me give you all a little background on the film in case you’re not familiar.
The film focuses on two main characters, Maui (voiced by Dwayne Johnson) and Moana (voiced by Auli’i Cravalho). It follows the adventurous journey of these two as Moana takes on a bold and heroic mission to “save her people.” I had nothing but high expectations of this film as it was directed by the dynamic duo Ron Clements and John Musker (directors of classic films such as “The Little Mermaid” and “Aladdin.”) I am glad to say that I was pleased with the final product here. I will definitely be encouraging others to watch it and and I will be watching it again myself and here’s why:
So often we, being the humans that we are, struggle with discovering our life purpose. Not only can it be a struggle to realize our purpose on this planet but we are constantly presented with obstacles and challenges that can discourage us or lead us to not believe in or have faith in ourselves. Moana encourages us to take that leap of faith and believe in ourselves. Through a comical and colorful animated story, Moana reveals to us the truth that you never know what you could have been or what you could have accomplished if you don’t take that leap of faith. Maui and Moana demonstrate this throughout the film as they fight to save an entire community. I feel as if every once in a while we ALL need this reminder.Trust yourself and use each challenge and hurdle in life as a stepping stone and an opportunity to grow stronger and grow into the best version of yourself. This is an EXCELLENT message to not only children but adults as well!
I honestly haven’t been THIS impressed by a Disney Film since Lion King (yep, you read correctly. It’s been THAT long.) and that is no exaggeration. But Moana exceeded my expectations in just about every area. The script was very well written. I laughed. The kids laughed. Even their DAD laughed and he’s never that into our little kiddie movies! Every frame in the film was colorful and looked super realistic. It was very easy on the eyes. I think that’s what drew my 2 year old in early on. They weren’t excessive with the musical outbreaks and that was a huge WIN for me because it allowed me to focus more on the storyline without getting annoyed and distracted by constant singing. I also really enjoyed the culture portrayed in the movie. It was all just so amazing.
I do want to give my fellow Moms and Dads a heads up that some scenes may seem kind of scary to young children. My toddler and 5 year old weren’t bothered but they’re not super sensitive in that area anyway. However, if your child is easily freaked out by monsters or weird creatures, they may want to cover their eyes on a couple of scenes.
Overall, I think that Moana is an excellent film and I definitely recommend that you take your family out to see it when it hits theaters on Nov. 23. I am not being paid to tell you this. I legitimately enjoyed the film and I know that many others will too. The characters are fun. The setting is attractive. The soundtrack isn’t overkill. The humor is well-scripted. The plot is solid and the message is sooooo valuable. So, if you are on the fence about going to see it, here you go: CHECK IT OUT!