Overall Rating: 4/5

November 23, 2016
Dir. Ron Clements, John Musker, Chris Williams, Don Hall
Rated PG (for peril, some scary images and brief thematic elements)

Disney’s Moana is one of the best animated films of the year. While there may be some valid complaints to be had about the film, it nails most of what it is trying to do. While not particularly being “my kind of film,” I was still able to enjoy and appreciate it as an adult (more than I thought I would).

Disney’s created something here that is very reminiscent of much of their classic work, especially of the “princess” variety. Their formula is followed for the most part, which may deter some audiences, however there are some clichés that the film manages to avoid. For example, the lack of a romantic interest was a refreshing alteration. The familiar notes that are hit were nostalgic for me rather than irritating, but I can understand the complaint.

One of the film’s best qualities is its stand-out soundtrack. For someone that doesn’t enjoy musicals, I still thought these were some of the best songs I’d seen in any animated feature in years; “How Far I’ll Go” was nominated for Best Original Song by the Academy this year (the film also received a nomination for Best Animated Feature). Other strengths include: some of the best animation in a Disney film to date, great voice acting, and an extreme awareness of “family-friendliness.”

This one is a must-see for kids or anyone else that enjoys this type of film.


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