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Film Reviews: Moana (2016), Walt Disney Animation Studios
Moana is the ultimate Disney film. Probably one of the most beautifully animated films of all time, Moana opened on Thanksgiving weekend and brought in about $81.1 million in its first five days, which is the best opening since Frozen in 2013.
Overall, Moana has all the visual beauty of Frozen without all the weaknesses in storyline and character. Moana’s plot is airtight and the songs are just as catchy as any other Disney song, and the characters are just as lovable if not more.
The film begins with a flashback of Moana as a young toddler, and we learn the backstory of the demigod, Maui, from Moana’s grandmother. When Moana grows older, her island begins to die and she must go on a journey to find Maui bring back peace and prosperity to her people.
Moana is complex and passionate with a compelling story and a true strength of character. She struggles to balance her undying need for adventure with her responsibility to stay with her people, as well as how to keep going despite the unbearable weight of loss and the uncertainty that she is the right person for the job. In many ways, she is your classic hero wrapped up in the essence of a Disney princess.
Over time, Disney has been advancing as far as animation and story development goes, and Moana sets the bar a mile higher than before. Humor, song, heroism, and charm make this film shine brighter than the others, and you won’t regret spending two hours sailing with Moana through stunning world.