When it comes to Disney they seem to stick with the formula that works, a pretty girl, stubborn hero, saving the world.
“Moana” is based on ancient Polynesian culture, there’s this demigod who steals a goddess heart and this heart is the heart of all creation. So when it go stolen by Maui the world slowly started to crumble, there was no fish to fish, plants dying and Islands becoming inhabitable. When Moana was a little girl the ocean showed her the way her life needed to take, she listened but her father did everything he could to prevent her from leaving the Island her and her tribe lived on. But as a preadult she is starting to see how the Island is dying and she listens once again to her calling, with a little help from her grandmother – the village crazy.
So Moana sets sail to find Maui, the demigod who stole the goddess heart so he could put it back. And it won’t be so easy, since he’s a demigod and still believe he’s everyones hero, even though he stole the heart of all creation. It takes a lot of convincing from Moana to make it happen.
The film got it’s regular cheese platter and as it does have a strong female lead, a woman who saves the world, it’s nothing special about the film. It’s a Disney film. It missed the magic that the Disney films used to have back in the day with Aladdin, Beauty and Beast etc. For me the highlight of “Moana” must have been the chicken, they got a retarded (yes) chicken who well.. he makes the film.
Voice actors: Dwayne Johnson, Auli’i Cravalho, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Jemaine Clement and many more.