Easily ranks among the best from the Disney Studio, and a very worthy successor to Mulan 1998, a similar story equally well done.
Oddly also seems to be best work ever from Dwayne Johnson, perhaps not the first name I would have associated with "voice acting," but a star turn nonetheless.
If you want to be picky -- which is the reviewer's job, after all -- the momentum slows a little at the top of the third act, but the ultimate themes of redemption, forgiveness and self-discovery at the finale are an absolute joy.
As they used to say, "for children of all ages."
Moana (2016) 1080p YIFY Movie
Moana (2016) 1080p
In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui reaches an impetuous Chieftain's daughter's island, she answers the Ocean's call to seek out the Demigod to set things right.
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The Synopsis for Moana (2016) 1080p
Moana Waialiki is a sea voyaging enthusiast and the only daughter of a chief in a long line of navigators. When her island's fishermen can't catch any fish and the crops fail, she learns that the demigod Maui caused the blight by stealing the heart of the goddess, Te Whiti. The only way to heal the island is to persuade Maui to return Te Whiti's heart, so Moana sets off on an epic journey across the Pacific. The film is based on stories from Polynesian mythology.
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The Reviews for Moana (2016) 1080p
I know that chicken ... I voted for him .... TWICE!Reviewed byA_Different_DrummerVote: 10/10
Moana is simplistic plot. Surround a young quasi-islander girl with a big over-weight quasi-demi-god, a few animal "friends", a father afraid of going out beyond the reef because his friend drowned? and a need to return a stone to its source because that demi-god stole it? while disrespecting the father/chief? and becoming a leader of the people before the father dies? of which, women weren't allowed to be chiefs?
Disney's ability to dilute any folklore is well-known, in order to make a quick buck by selling junk merchandise to kids. The tattoo suit was a terrible idea, but kudos for pulling it off the shelf quickly.
Disney has a habit also of producing "girl power" movies, which I find to be cookie-cutter style. Disney has found a formula and they rinse-repeat with the characters, music and script. Recently this has been true with movies like Frozen, Tangled and Brave.
In the meantime, Disney ignores the male lead role with the ability to change and overcome challenges in life. (12) movies in the past have featured male leads but none of which meet the standards set forth today by Disney standards for female lead roles. No, I don't include Pixar movies.
Of those (12) movies, only two have meaningful scripts and two have sad endings. Peter Pan (1953), Sword in Stone (1963), Jungle Book (1967/2016), Black Cauldron (1985), Aladdin (1992), Hunchback (1996), Hercules (1997), Tarzan (1999), Emperor's New Groove (2000), Treasure Planet (2002), Brother Bear (2003), Meet Robinson's (2007).
I could really dig deep and trash this movie for all the things they got wrong, but I'm going to skip it and just point out the few things I liked about the movie.
(1) The animation is good. (2) The movie is about the Pacific Islanders. (meh) There was one tune I thought was catchy, the rest were crap
That's it. The rest of the movie is junk to me. It is a cookie- cutter movie with the same theme, with the same songs, with the same direction. Sure there are some amusing parts of the movie, but over all I really didn't care for it.
I also was disappointed in the use of "Disney staff from the Disney resort" who are of native heritage for the bonus features. It became obvious to me that Disney was doing a fluff piece to show the general public that "islanders" love working on the movie, which is a partial truth.
Overall this movie is an amusing production which will satisfy the little kids and the simpletons. If Disney really wanted to make a movie about diversity they could make the same movie about a gay boy trying to be chief after his father dies.
Another wonderful movie to add to the Disney classics.
The film stars the daughter of a chief who sets of on journey to saveher island. She journeys to find Maui, a mischievous block of tattooedmuscles, I mean demigod, to help her save the world. They bond, fight,laugh and save the world with the help of the dumbest chicken you haveever met.
The film doesn't exactly break boundaries, break from its typical storylines, explore mature themes or entertain adults the same way it canchildren. There are a lot animations that do this and Moana isn't oneof them. I think this is the main reason people can't appreciate Moana.But WOW! It certainly leaves you feeling all chipper and sing-songy.
It's an utterly beautiful, light hearted (with an occasional tearjerker) and humorous film. If you don't like Frozen, Big Hero 6 orFinding Dory please don't watch. This is a movie I will recommend toanyone and everyone because its definitely in Disneys top 10 out ofwhat...like 200 films.
For people who are complaining about plot and character dev. Pleasestop. Disney has worked to the bone to avoid cultural appropriation andmisrepresentation whilst offering a visually stunning, humorous andadventurous plot. Sorry, if they didn't include that plot twist youwere salivating for.
Its get 10/10 instead 9/10 because I enjoyed this movie too much.