Disney's Moana: Film Review 

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!

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22 thoughts on “Disney's Moana: Film Review 

  1. I would love to see this movie. After reading this film review even more. I just like the idea of this movie and its meaning.

    1. You really should go see it. It was really a great film. Such a powerful message.

  2. Saw the trailer on E! months back and I’ve been hooked ever since — can’t wait to go watch it 🙂

    1. Omg. I just know you’re gonna love it. It’s amazing. I really enjoyed it.

  3. Amber

    Great to know! My husband HATES when there are lots of songs so I’m glad there won’t be many in this film. When we went to see Frozen, he almost walked out because he was over the music. I didn’t mind it though, but he’s picky!

    We’ll be seeing this soon!

    1. I couldn’t handle Frozen either in all honesty. But this one was absolutely perfect for me. 🙂

  4. I like movies/shows with songs but in moderation of course…. this seems like it would be good.

    1. This is REALLY good. You should definitely go check it out.

  5. Wanderlustkyla

    I have been hearing so much about this movie since it came out! The general consensus seems to be that it’s a must see! Glad you enjoyed it!
    Kyla
    Wanderlustkyla.com

    1. Absolutely! When I went to see it, everyone in the audience really REALLY enjoyed it.

  6. Zee M.

    I may take my 8 year old to watch this. I always postpone trips to the theater because I cannot stand cartoons anymore, but this seems like a movie with a solid story line.

    1. This one is pretty good. I’m glad I took the kids to see it. 🙂

  7. Anosa

    I love Dwayne Johnson aka the rock and can not wait to see this movie. If the promos are anything to go about we in for a treat

    1. It’s really good. Can’t wait for you to see it! ☺️

  8. I have seen lots of promos of Moana already and your review sounds really interesting. I would love to watch it with my kids and I am sure it is going to be so much fun!

    1. It’s a really fun movie. I’m glad we went to see it. ☺️

  9. This looks like a fun movie, I have read only great reviews about it. My little one is still too small for the cinema so we will wait till it is on Blu Ray

    1. Sounds like an awesome plan. 🙂

  10. I’m a kid at heart and LOVE any and all disney movies. When I found out The Rock was in this I knew it was a must see! Glad to hear you and your family loved it!

    1. Such an awesome film! You should definitely check it out if you get the chance.

  11. I love movies that have a message! I didn’t even know about this but now i want to see it 🙂 marie 🙂

    1. You should definitely go see it! I highly recommend.

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