“Moana” movie review

This movie represents a new era in Disney films.

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This movie represents a new era in Disney films.

Aubree Howard-Brown, Staff Reporter

As an avid Disney and Pixar lover, I am always looking forward to their newest movie and upcoming hit. The newest Disney princess movie is a CG-animated adventure about a spirited teenager who sails out into the unknown when she answers the Ocean’s call to seek out famous demigod to set things right and to fulfill her ancestors’ unfinished quest. Moana, Auli’i Cravalho, meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (2016’s Sexiest Man Alive); together they travel the open ocean on an action-packed journey together. “Moana” released on Nov. 23, 2016*, made about 488.3 million dollars on box office sales.
“Moana” exceeded all of my expectations, and I was extremely pleased with the overwhelming abundance of self-reliance that Moana has. Most Disney princess movies have been based solely around a relationship with a man and a woman, yet in Moana, the relationships between genders are not based upon romantic love but rather companionship. The relationship that Moana and Maui had in the movie was spectacular; they relied on each other as equal individuals to accomplish a common goal. This was extremely refreshing to me, and it gave insight to the relationship genders can have with one another as equal human beings rather than just love interests.
According to Buzzfeed Entertainment, “The original story for the movie focused on Maui, and Moana was a secondary character on a mission to rescue her love interest. But after their first research trip, the filmmakers became more focused on navigation as a theme.” The writers and directors wanted Moana to be about her own issues and finding herself “not her relationship with a guy.”
The people of Polynesian background were, overall pleased with the representation of their culture. The only criticism the “Moana” has been receiving is that Maui’s character has an offensive, stereotypical body type to the Polynesian culture.
Overall, I loved the movie and I was impressed by the storyline. The characters and actors who played them also impressed me. I hope Disney and Pixar stay on the up and up with their new hit movies.

*”Moana” is set to be released March 7 for DVD and Blu-ray.