This past week I was invited out by Disney to preview Moana, go to the press junket and attend the Premiere of Moana. Everything I have heard about this movie before watching it was positive. So many people have told me how excited they were to see it. I have friends that have either visited Hawaii or have lived there and they can’t wait for this movie to come out. I hadn’t even done any research on it before talking to one of my friends. She told me how to correctly say the movie (I was actually pronouncing the movie incorrectly I was so out of it). She also told me how there was a real legend of Maui. She said a lot of people were upset that Maui was so big but then she learned that The Rock is actually part Polynesian and he’s huge so it actually fits. Once I heard all this I was excited to see the movie too.
The movie starts out with Moana learning the legend of Maui from her grandmother with a bunch of other kids. Moana was the only one that was excited by the story, everyone else was terrified. Moana then wonders off to visit the ocean and finds a shell, the most beautiful shell ever. Instead of picking up the shell she sees a turtle that is in need of help and decides it’s more important to save the turtle. After making this choice the ocean chooses her to be the one to save everyone from Maui’s mistake. Which you learn about as the story goes on.
As we watch Moana get older we have the best music created by Opetaia Foa’I and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Lin-Manuel Miranda of course is a musical genius while Opetaia Foa’l is an amazing attribute to the island culture. The music was my favorite part of the entire movie. I LOVED the music and I can’t wait to get my hands on the soundtrack on November 18th (tomorrow people). I’ve got twitchy fingers just waiting to purchase it and hit play.
Moana finally realizes she has to save everyone by finding Maui, she finds him and learns that he’s not ready to save the day. He tries to get out of helping her at every turn or sign of trouble. She learns quite a bit about herself, her culture and being a leader of her people while she is on her journey. She is a strong brave girl that succeeds in so many ways. I think little girls everywhere will see strength and boys will see this as an adventure movie. It’s not a princess movie.
I didn’t find it scary at all. There might be one scene that’s a little intense but it’s really short. I know for a fact that if you like musicals you will love this entire movie. If you don’t like musicals but like Disney animated movies then you’ll like this movie. I’m pretty sure this movie has something in it for everyone. It was funny, heartfelt and just enjoyable to watch. I even realized I liked it more the second time than I did the first.
Moana is in theaters November 23.