Moana, the latest animated musical by Disney Studios keeps in line with the trend that the studio has set for itself, inspiring little girls to believe that there is more to being a princess than finding love. However, the movie caters to all generations.
Moana is an adventure fantasy, paying tribute to the Polynesian culture. The film is led by Moana (voiced by 16 year old Auli’i Cravalho), daughter of the Chieftain of her tribe, who after witnessing the plight of her people sets sail against strong opposition of her father, to end their problems with the help of a fallen-from-grace Demi-God Maui (Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson).
Both Cravalho and Johnson add the personality and zing required for their respective characters, without which, the film would have fallen flat.
The performances are backed by a strong storyline which is nothing short of being a breath of fresh air. The movie engages the audience from start to finish, the story pacing itself exactly at the right speed, setting up the adventure, and not leaving any loopholes as to why a particular scene is happening the way it is. The impeccable direction by Ron Clements and John Musker (the leading directors’ duo of Disney animation responsible for Little Mermaid and Alladin) excels in keeping the audience glued to the edge of their seats with bated breaths, making them feel a part of the adventure and not just viewers.
Add to this the foot-tapping music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa’i which is sure to be stuck in the viewers’ head for days to come.
The film makes for a great family watch, adding itself to the ever growing list of Disney classics, worthy of being viewed over and over again.
Look out for Moana this award season as its sure to dominate the best music and original animated feature category.