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Friday, August 18, 2017

Movies I'd Like To Watch Before 2017 Ends: Moana

Cast: Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Jemaine Clement, Nicole Scherzinger, Alan Tudyk, Temuera Morrison, Rachel House
Runtime: 1 hour, 53 minutes

Release Date: November 24, 2016
Plot: An adventurous teenager sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demigod Maui, who guides her in her quest to become a master way-finder.

Together they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds.

Along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she always sought: her own identity.

I wanted to watch Moana sooooo bad when it first came out. It looked like fun and I have a fondness for animated films.

I got way more than I bargained for with Moana.

From the start this movie got my interest, I loved the animation and the casting of unknown actress Auli’i Cravalho as Moana she has a freaking amazing voice. Also, I love Dwayne Johnson, he can do no wrong when it comes to roles. He does a little of everything and as Maui he was a ton of fun, I didn’t even know he could sing and that song is just too dang catchy!

The MUSIC, oh my goodness I LOVED the music to this film! The score was beautiful, and the lyrics to the songs unforgettable and absolutely singable. Yes, my crusty voice could be heard singing the songs over and over again around the house and the soundtrack is the kind that you have on repeat because “One more time” isn’t enough.

The best part though? Moana isn’t looking for a boy to love, she isn’t crushing on a boy, she isn’t trying to be a perfect princess, she’s trying to be a LEADER. The future leader of her people because she’s the chief’s daughter and hey, her dad isn’t wishing she was a boy either! He’s proud of her even though he doesn’t understand her obsession with the sea. Moana wants to do right by her people but at the same time she feels like she’s suffocating under all the expectations to follow tradition and stay away from the sea. I loved that her struggle was between balancing what was expected of her as a leader and what her heart told her to do.

Moana is a journey of self discovery and inner strength and of course love. The kind of love that comes from family, not a romance and that was so refreshing. There wasn’t even a boy in sight, unless you count the little boys Moana is teaching in one scene. So yeah, this film was different and still fun. Proof that a girl does NOT have to be looking for romance to have a life, that she can be a leader and still be herself all while having a great adventure with her crazy chicken Hei Hei.

I will say that I cried big fat tears at three parts of the film.

This movie made me cry. I don’t cry that often with movies.

Rent or Buy? Buy. No matter if you have kids or not, it’s a great film and perfect for lifting up your spirits.

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