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Moana (2016) (Theatrical Version)

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7.61 h 48 min2016X-RayPG
Moana sets sail on a daring mission to save her people. Along the way, she meets the once mighty demigod Maui–together they cross the ocean on a fun-filled, action-packed voyage.
Directors
John MuskerRon Clements
Starring
Auli'i CravalhoDwayne JohnsonRachel House
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AnimationKids
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English [CC]
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Supporting actors
Temuera MorrisonJemaine ClementNicole ScherzingerAlan TudykTroy PolamaluPuanani CravalhoLouise Bush
Producers
Osnat Shurer
Studio
Walt Disney Animation Studios
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PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
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Eric FriedmanReviewed in the United States on December 6, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
A must see family film
For those of you who have read my review of BFG you know that I rate films based on whether or not you need to consume over-buttered popcorn to survive the journey. I am pleased to report that with Moana you can skip the extra butter.

While the big box office draw is Dwayne Johnson, whom I will get to in a minute, I thought I would give credit where credit is due and begin this review with the star of the film, new comer Auli’i Cravalho. Simply put, Cravalho “rocked” it! (pun intended). First of all, she was able to convey on a deeply personal and relatable level the uncertainty and trepidation that Moana had in knowing she had the responsibility to meet the challenge in front of her. In this case, it was to journey outside the reef of her island in order to save it. Cravalho was outstanding in reminding the audience that each one of us, at one time or another has had to venture outside our own comfort zone. And when we go outside our proverbial reefs, life becomes scary as hell. Self-doubt and lack of confidence bear down on us. The voice in our head tells us we can’t or that we should quit. It gets amplified when, more often than not, we stumble right out of the gate. However, as our mettle is tested, we quickly recognize that life’s challenges are the true opportunities to grow and develop as a person. Yes, it’s cliché, but even in this era of hyper-change, some basic truths are as solid now as they were in the dawn of civilization. Through her timing and attention to tone of voice, Cravalho captures this nuance superbly.

Equally impressive is her ability to transform the apprehensive and uncertain Moana in the early part of the film, to the self-confident and bold leader who emerges along the journey. It would have been difficult to portray the necessary confidence in the manner required for this film, unless she had her own personal experience of initial self-doubt followed by earned self-confidence. I raise this issue because I suspect that as a new-comer, she must have had doubts along her journey as to if she was really qualified to lead a film with one of Hollywood’s biggest stars. I even read she wasn’t going to audition because she saw youtube auditions of others who she felt were more qualified. Fortunately for all of us, she didn’t listen to those negative voices. I expect we will be seeing more of her in the future.

The last aspect of why Cravalho was perfect for this part is her Polynesian heritage. While all of us can respect and appreciate the beauty and history that comes from other cultures, it is quite different to have the opportunity to share with the world your own personal history. There is an emotional connection and pride that comes from the chance to be an ambassador to your home community and your ancestors. Throughout the film, I kept smiling as I pictured Cravalho’s family and friends celebrating her telling of their mutual history. Her commitment to sharing her history is powerful stuff.

Now, on to Dwayne Johnson. I start by stating I am a big fan of his, except for his decision long ago to play football for the University of Maimi, but that’s because my allegiance is to Notre Dame. Football aside, this was a role that was beckoning Johnson. Just like Cravalho, the role of Maui was his chance to tell the story of his own Polynesian heritage. It pushed him outside his comfort zone and expanded his range beyond his typical role of action hero. While many actors can get typecast in specific roles, especially action heroes, Moana demonstrated how far Johnson has developed and that we can expect more unexpected roles from him in the future. Incredibly, in this case he had to learn to sing! Singing, at least to me, is perhaps the single most terrifying experience there can be. When I read that he learned to sing for this part my respect for his devotion to this craft went up a few notches.

In the end, Moana is a film perfect for its time. Every day, the world seems to get one step closer to falling off the cliff of insanity. But with Moana we are taken back to our roots through the art of story. In this case, Moana is a modern version of Homer’s Odyssey but in our version Odysseus is a smart, strong a bold young woman who completes the journey. And that my friends is the true magic of Moana.
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CCReviewed in the United States on June 15, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
True Island Vibe
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Absolutely adored this movie. As a native Chamorro, born and raised on the island of Guam, this movie touched my soul. From the island tales, to the island songs sung in their native language, it reminded me so much of home. Moana was such a strong woman, and the actress that voiced her was amazing. Dwayne Johnson, what can't the man do, amazing movie from start to finish. But, I must say when Moana finally has her showdown with Taka (sp?) that whole moment as she sings, it was breathtaking. What started as a rental of the movie, turned into me going back online and buying immediately after I was done watching.
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#RicFromBelmondReviewed in the United States on July 2, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
I'm "Late To The Party", But I'm Glad I Came
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I'm watching this on Amazon, so perhaps, I'm "late to the party", but am glad I finally made it.

I would encourage everyone who "gets" this story, to share it with anyone you care about.

Why?

LOOK at our world with eyes wide open.

Let what you ignore in, consider what you dismiss as worthless, what you give YOUR best in service to, and what the REAL cost is.

Look at the reality of our diminishing lives and prospects in this world no longer ours.

We have become "sheep - silent before our shearers."

Our nation - NO, our world stands at a crossroads.

We let go of our precious things for promises that were not fulfilled.

We let the bankers, big business, and self-serving oligarchs have become the black plague eating away at all our peace, our legacies, even our health and lives.

This "harmless" Disney offering entertains, but shows all who need reminding, what love of community, family, doing what is right - even when it threatens our "used tos" LOOKS And FEELS like.

WE ALL must find, as Moana had to find out, and then had to remind everyone she encountered as her testing and trials mounted to the point of facing the image of death, itself..."THIS is NOT who we are".

And if THIS "is not WHO WE are," isn't it about time we found out

That's a REAL big question for any and ALL of us.

We get one chance...right here - right NOW.

I'm amazed this story got told in these days...there's too much encouragement for all of us to take a stand, ask this question, and live out the answer- so thanks to whoever slipped this one into the world.

If this encourages you to positive change, new vision, and a renewed commitment to what is TRULY best, the folks who made this movie, as well as YOU, will be truly blessed.

Ric A Ohge aka (Dr) Rex Dexter
Jul 1, 2017
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Krys shafferReviewed in the United States on May 7, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
what of the greatest movies i have seen
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i bought this movie and fell in love. my husband and i have probably watched this movie over a dozen times already. we make it our night time movie. a great story to teach the kids and to even kick yourself in the butt a little bit to be the person you want to be and to take risks even if others dont believe in you. we all have a calling and we must answer that call even if others dont see it or if we dont even see it at first. always follow your dreams, no matter what!! and this movie teaches kids to do just that, to believe in themselves no matter what. great movie for all ages, and especially great for the family!!!
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GrandPaladinReviewed in the United States on July 23, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Ocean calls to me....
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If you're looking for a great summer Disney movie, look no further than this movie. I like how Disney incorporated a lot of Polynesian cultural references into this movie without resorting to stereotyping like in other works such as Pocahontas. Even better, I think Moana herself is the ideal Disney princess topping even Mulan herself, with her diverse characterization of compassion, courage, and commitment along with her great look (sporting a midriff-baring look tastefully without going the sexualization route that Ariel and Jasmine took) and brilliant voicing and singing of Auliʻi Cravalho playing her. But don't forget Dwayne the Rock Johnson as Maui, he brings the character to life like how Robin Williams did for the Genie in Aladdin, even gets his own musical number (surprisingly he sings quite well!). There are a lot of great moments such as Moana's development from toddler to teenager, the tender moments between Moana and her grandmother, her one-woman battle against the Kakamora, and the touching moment between her and Maui. The animation is nothing short of spectacular each frame moving fluidly. My favorite is song is "How Far I'll Go" which will resonate with you for a while. Overall, this along with the Lion King are my favorite Disney movies!

Parental Advisory: The language is minimal with an unfinished "son of a..." and "shark-head". Sex is next to none with Moana showing some midriff skin, but it's tastefully done. Maui at one point urinates into the water (not shown). Violence is minimal with Moana battling coconut pirates and several skirmishes with monsters, a giant crab, and a lava demon. There are several intense moments such as one character dying from old age and many frightening moments such as the lair of monsters, huge tidal waves, and the lava demon herself.
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Doctor Who FanaticReviewed in the United States on November 6, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Moana is a Disney Classic!
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I bought this to show to a group of fifth graders, and they absolutely loved it! (I did, as well, which was a nice surprise!) Such a great and engaging plot that leaves you wondering how it will end. (Obviously, since it's a Disney movie, it will end on a good note, though!) The Rock does an incredible job playing the demigod, Maui, and newcomer, Auli'i Cravalho, plays Moana, a girl destined for greatness and on a quest to save her people. It's a perfect blend of action, singing (The Rock can actually sing!), adventure, and a lot of luck. Plus, kids will be glued to the TV screen! Two thumbs way up!
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ElizabethReviewed in the United States on December 21, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
simply because I can download it onto my children’s tablets and they have a nice calm movie that they both love to watch while ...
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Even though after I purchase this movie it was on Netflix a couple of weeks later, I still want to give it five stars. The ease of service of using Amazon instant video makes up for the fact that Netflix carried it so quickly, simply because I can download it onto my children’s tablets and they have a nice calm movie that they both love to watch while we’re out and about. The story is excellent, the fact that there is no love interest or love really beams in it besides parental love is great. Strong female character, excellent characters, overall 10 out of 10 movie highly recommend.
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Marcia BlackwoodReviewed in the United States on December 25, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Only a small charge for awesomeness
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Watch it now. Watch it again. A lot. I'm buying this one, and I don't buy that many movies. I'll be rewatching this one for a long time to come.

I can see why some folks had issues with how Maui is portrayed. I can. But although he differs significantly in some respects from the Maui of myth, this Maui still works. But you do have to be good to roll with it. Just to get that said.

Plus, the guy who created Hamilton!!! That was enough to get me to watch it right there....
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