Review: Moana



Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Duration: 106 Minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 02-DEC-2016
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3.75 on 5 (Delightful and Exciting Journey not to be missed)

In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by Maui reaches an impetuous Chieftain’s daughter’s island, she answers the Ocean’s call to seek out the demigod to set things right.

Overall Review:
Moana is helmed by Ron Clements and John Musker, the same guys that co-directed both THE LITTLE MERMAID and ALADDIN. This is Disney’s 56th animated feature and the studio isn’t losing their touch. Film is full of original and incredibly catchy songs, brilliant characters and a heart-warming story that makes it soul touching animated film in recent times from Disney. Although there are no jaw-dropping twists or surprising turns, the story is compelling, and it elegantly pulls at the heartstrings. The energy and visual extravagance by which this film functions is inherently compelling. The marine influences are everywhere, colourful and wonderfully animated. The soundtrack of the film is an absolute delight. Overall, Moana was an absolute joy to watch. Another delightful, exciting adventure from Disney.

Performance & Technical Review:
Dwayne Johnson is great as Maui – a legendary shape shifting demigod. He brings such a fun, lovely, and comforting voice to his character that very few actors can do. Adding to the bubbly affair is the voice cast, lead by newcomer Auli’i Cravalho as Moana. Their interactions and relationship is central to the development of Moana as a character. The villain characters are also creatively menacing and definitely leave an impression. There are jokes aplenty whenever the two are on screen. The film’s visuals, many of which take place in or on water, are as good as anything from Finding Dory. Sound plays as crucial a role as visuals in replicating an authentic culture to drive the storytelling. The islands are lively and flourishing with human and natural activity, and the mystical elements are even more captivating.

PDF Verdict:
Moana is an absolute joy to watch. The film is heartfelt, adventurous, stunning, and vibrant. It is another delightful, exciting adventure from Disney. Watch it.

P.S.: Please be sure to stay until after the end credits for an amusing stinger with Tamatoa the crab.Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3.75 on 5 (Delightful and Exciting Journey not to be missed)
Performance: 4 on 5
Script: 3.5 on 5
CGI: 4 on 5
Music / Background Score: 4 on 5

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