“Moana” Review

8 December, 2016

Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker
Screenwriter: Jared Bush
Production Design: Ian Gooding
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Nicole Scherzinger, Auli’i Cravalho

Synopsis: Set in Ancient Polynesia, Moana tells the story of a Chieftain’s daughter with an adventurous spirit who enlists the help of a demigod responsible for cursing her island. After the two team-up, they embark on a perilous journey to seek out the primordial monster who holds the key to the tribe’s suffering.

Moana Review:

Right when it seemed like “Kubo and the Two Strings” was going to take the award for most excitable and overly-exotic film of the year, along comes Disney with an even more exuberant and fantastical take on ancient history. It’s like the two movies were made side by side, one in stop-motion, the other computer animation, as “Moana” treads the same ground with its plush yet chaotic aesthetic and irritating storytelling methods.

Brought to life through the craftsmanship of visionary artists and visual effects professionals, “Moana” is the product of passion rather than foresight and it gets ridiculously carried away with itself in a string of ear-rupturing musical numbers that turn most of its concepts into sentimental mush. As its endless list of songs become firmly lodged inside your brain, “Moana” uses its enchanting lyrics to distract from its stale adventure story which features about as much flair as the most recent “Ice Age” movie.

Zesty in spirit and made with good intentions, “Moana” means no harm but it ends up falling into the same camp as every other yucky family musical with its unengaging plot and fancy methods of distraction. For those who aren’t already sold before viewing, the film is unmoving and difficult to surrender to and the deeper into it you get the more it starts to feel like a waste of time despite its picture-perfect effects and high production values.



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