Flash Movie Review: Moana

THERE is no shame in having or wanting a savior in one’s life. Depending on what has or could happen there is nothing wrong with getting help. Imagine an individual who had been unlucky in love to the point where they shut down their heart, putting up ironclad walls around it, to avoid any more pain. Then unexpectedly someone comes along who has the magic key to unlock the heart’s defenses, releasing the pent up love to be shared by two. Wouldn’t you say that person with the key was a savior. I know the word savior is used in a religious context, but it also can refer to a hero. The funny thing about heroes I have noticed has been the change or to be more precise the evolution of what is a hero today.   YEARS ago heroes were considered to be handsome and male. At least it was in the movies, which was a reflection of the public’s perceptions of a hero. They were usually virile masculine figures who rode in to save the day. If you do not believe me just take a look at the animated films Cinderella and Snow White. As perceptions changed so did our heroes. They soon were not always the epitome of beautiful or handsome and more importantly they were not always male. One of my early saviors was a woman, so I was glad to see gender was finally being taken out of the equation regarding heroes. Some of you might remember the hoopla in the press surrounding the first American female astronaut. And there might be several of you out there who remember when the Starship Enterprise was commanded by a female captain. The times are changing and in this animated comedy there is a new hero to add to the list and her name is Moana.   HOPING to correct a wrong that has plagued her father’s village; Moana, voiced by newcomer Auli’I Crava, set off across the sea on a perilous journey. This comedy adventure story was set in ancient Polynesia and I have to tell you the animation was an outstanding palette of colors. With Dwayne Johnson (Central Intelligence, Pain & Gain) voicing Maui, Rachel House (Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Whale Rider) voicing Gramma Tala and Temuera Morrison (Star Wars franchise, Once Were Warriors) voicing Chief Tui; the stars of this film were Auli’I and Dwayne. Auli’I had a beautiful singing voice which had the good fortune of singing songs written by Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, Into the Heights). As for Dwayne his comic timing added a fun element to his character and the story. I thought the script was well written and appreciated the influence of real mythology into the story. Overall there was a familiar template that was followed for these types of animated films but truthfully I did not mind it much. I think the message it was conveying was a worthy and important one that demonstrated the image of a female hero. Except for one scene that might be scary for very young children, this film would be something the entire family could enjoy. So feel free to be a hero for suggesting this fun film.


3 ¼ stars



About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on November 28, 2016, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I do plan to see this one and will let you know how I like it. I did see a wonderful film, which I don’t see a review here on it. “Hacksaw Ridge” was really gripping and felt like a classic film. I hope you review it soon!
    When I see a movie I enjoy, it sure inspires me to go more often. Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving.

    • HI Judy and thank you for the comments. Thanksgiving was wonderful (my favorite holiday) and I hope your was also. Also thanks for telling me about Hacksaw Ridge; however, I will not be reviewing it because Mel Gibson directed it. My family and I do not support anything he does due to his beliefs and actions. Best wishes to you and yours.

  2. I may take the kids to see this if we have a free weekend. I’ve heard there is some criticism of the stereotypical depiction of Polynesian people. I don’t know enough about the stereotypes to judge on the trailer. What did you think?

    • I am the same as you I am not familiar with the Polynesian people. For Dwayne’s character it seemed appropriate to me. Let me know how everyone likes this film, thanks.

  3. I basically love any Disney film where the heroine doesn’t follow the Westernised standard of beauty template as it’s inspiring for all kids and the stories are usually more exciting because of there locations. I’ve never thought much about Polynesia before so I’ll have to check this out. Is there a lot of singing in it, like full on dreamy Disney princess style singing?

    • Compared to the older Disney movies I think there is less singing in this one, but it fit well into the story. Like you I have little knowledge about Polynesia so I will be curious to hear your take on the film. Thanks for stopping by to leave your comments.

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