Plot – In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui reaches Moana’s island, she answers the Ocean’s call to seek the Demigod to set things right – Moana.
Released – 2016
In terms of storyline, theme and Moana may not be one of Disneys’ more groundbreaking movies. Gone is the great characterisation and the nuanced mixture of themes aimed at both adults and children alike, replaced with a more cookie-cutter plot about a young girl, Moana (Cravalho), on a quest to rediscover her roots and save her island community from a mysterious evil. But what Moana lacks in plot, it makes up in stunning visuals, memorable songs and an upbeat message that leaves you feeling happy and entertained.
Making her debut performance, Auli’i Cravalho gives a wonderful performance filled with charm, and while it’s a shame that they leave her character a little undeveloped, you can’t help but enjoy watching this feisty character’s journey. Opposite Cravalho, Johnson was perfect as the overconfident Demi-got Maui, giving another in a long line of utterly magnetic performances that exudes his bubbling charisma. But the thing that makes Moana so memorable is the visuals. The CGI combined with elements of hand-drawn animation has combined to make this one of the most colourful and bewitching animations of the decade, a true visual delight.