Movie review – Vaiana

Yes, I admit it. I’m a Disney fan. Particularly the movies. Well most of the movies. I’m not too big on Frozen or Snow White or the Little Mermaid, but I always loved Mulan, Pocahontas and now a lot of the newer movies such as Tangled, Zootopia and the one I’ll be reviewing today: Vaiana or Moana as it’s known in other parts of the world.

Vaiana was released in 2016 and is the 56th Disney movie. The storyline follows Vaiana, the daughter of a Polynesian island chief who loves her island, but also hears the call of the sea, something that pulls her in two different directions. There is more to the call of the sea and Vaiana goes on a quest to save her people: to return the heart of Te Fiti, stolen by the demi god Maui

Visually the movie is absolutely stunning even more so than the actual storyline itself. It called to my imagination and I was fascinated by the many details I saw. Animation has come such a long way. The CGI is stunning. The colors, the details, the way the water moves. There is just so much to see.

I liked the music in the movie too. Not only the lyrics (that have some serious girl power punch) but the polynesian influences as well. Other than that the music is what you can expect from a Disney movie, but that is what we like, right?

Okay…maybe the storyline isn’t all that very special (there is a quest to save the world…again) by returning the fertility stone that was stolen, but what makes it special is Vaiana. She continues on the progressive path Disney is on. Remember the diverse cast of Big Hero 6? The feminist undertones of Zootopia? The way prinses are kicked out in Frozen? Well, Viana is definitely a princess with girlpower in this movie. She stands up to her father and Maui. Has her own mind and speaks it. She leads a tribe and teaches her people.  Another point of interest: love plays no part in this movie. Friendship yes, but there is no love interest. Go Disney!

So yes, I really REALLY liked this movie. It’s beautiful to watch, has great characters – I loved Vaiana’s grandmother – good music, humor, drama and a quest. Even if you are not a fan of Disney, I think Vaiana is a movie to see!

Vaiana
2016

In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui reaches Moana's island, she answers the Ocean's call to seek out the Demigod to set things right.

Actors: Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Jemaine Clement

Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker, Don Hall, Chris Williams

Writers: Screenplay by Jared Bush, Story by Ron Clements & John Musker and Chris Will

 

 

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