So, I’m a little late to the party, but I have to say I absolutely love the movie Moana. Yes, I’m a grown woman who still watches Disney movies. I grew up on Disney! I still love to sit down and watch a good Disney film, especially with some of the new ones they have been coming out with recently (it doesn’t hurt that Disney also now owns Marvel and Star Wars).
There was a lot of hype about this movie and I definitely was prepared to be disappointed when I finally saw it. But, I was pleasantly surprised when I finally got the chance to sit down and watch it.
I loved the comedy thrown into this movie. There is humor throughout this entire movie and it is definitely one of the reasons I fell in love with it. Moana’s chicken sidekick, Heihei, is one of the best comedic parts of the movie. The whole time I was waiting to see what he would be up to next because he was always doing something absurd. Throughout the movie, he’s almost made to look very dumb (providing the comedy), but I think he is a very complex character if you choose to delve deeper. I was really interested in the choice to have him break character toward the end of the movie. He saves the day when Moana is about to lose the green stone heart (again) and keeps it from falling back into the ocean. A very interesting choice in my opinion!
I think that Moana has a great theme about discovering yourself. Moana feel trapped on the island of her people where her dad won’t let her venture beyond the reef because he believes it to be unsafe. However, it’s beyond the reef she is going to discover who she is. Like Moana, a lot of people don’t ever really discover who they are until they finally leave home and venture out into the real world. You have to go out beyond the reef to discover who it is that you are meant to be.
While the grandmother is a minor character, she has a vital role in the theme of the movie. Not only does she help guide Moana as she is growing up, but she also helps her while she is on her journey. I can’t lie, I got a little teary eyed when her grandmother’s spirit helped Moana during her journey at sea. Half way through, she wants to turn around and go home, but her grandmother’s spirit reminds Moana why she is on the journey and helps her get back on track. During this part of the movie, Moana begins to see who she is and begins to find herself (She even sings the song, “I Am Moana”).
Some other favorites from the movie :
Baby Moana – she’s absolutely adorable!
Pua – the most adorable pet pig, I LOVE him
Soundtrack – the soundtrack is one of my favorite parts of movie, especially the songs “How Far I’ll Go,” “We Know the Way,” and “Where You Are.”
Make sure to check it out if you haven’t already!