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'Moana' film review

The new Disney film has arrived! I first saw the concept art for this film a year or two ago online and I've been excited to watch it. It did not disappoint. 'Moana' is about a young girl, named Moana, who lives on an island in the Pacific Ocean. She is the daughter of the village chief (so "not a princess") and her father doesn't like anyone going beyond the island, claiming that it is dangerous. However, when danger threatens her home, Moana defies her father and steals a boat to find the demigod Maui and save her island. 

I loved the characters in this film. Moana as a character was brilliant and her voice acting by Auli'i Cravalho was excellent. I think that Cravalho has a bright future ahead of her. Maui, the demigod that Moana goes to rescue, is also a fantastic character and is voice by Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson. Dwayne Johnson is hilarious in this film and in a good way. He did a really great job and he even sang my favourite song in 'Moana' entitled 'You're Welcome'. He gave an energetic performance and I will continue to profess my love for that man until I die. There was also a great little sidekick character of a really, REALLY stupid chicken named Hei Hei. That chicken was so funny and his addition was the heart of the slapstick comedy element of this film. However, he never felt overused and he provided comic relief for the audience and characters alike.

Moana and Maui sail the seas of the Pacific Ocean.

Moana and Maui sail the seas of the Pacific Ocean.

I liked the plot for this film; it had a few scenes that I felt weren't completely necessary in the middle and it used a few of the usual Disney tropes BUT it was really entertaining and I enjoyed this film a lot. It took a little while to get going but it was a beautiful film. The animation in this film is some of the most stunning that Disney has ever done. It was so bright and colourful, and the ocean was almost photo-realistic. There were scenery sections where I almost couldn't tell the difference between animation and reality. If this is what they can do with the ocean now, I'm wondering how far they'll progress in the next few years. The prospect excites me.

I loved the incorporation of proper Polynesian culture into this film. I have been reliably informed that there is a lot of accurate representation of Pacific island culture, including lots of the music. The music, in my opinion, was the best part of this film (although The Rock comes a close second). The music is written by Lin Manuel Miranda, who wrote the music for smash hit musical 'Hamilton' and I love the songs. It's a great film and Disney have proven that they haven't lost their touch for animated films in 2016.

Rating: 4/5

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