‘Moana’ Movie Review

Following the success of “Zootopia,” Disney is back with another animated film that stars Dwayne Johnson and Nicole Scherzinger and is directed by the team behind “The Princess and the Frog” and “Aladdin.”

Three thousand years ago, the most magnificent sailors on the earth travelled across the immense Pacific, unearthing the countless islands of Oceania. But suddenly, for an entire millennium, their expeditions ceased – and no one understood why.

From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a story of a brave and exploratory teenager who sets sail on a heroic task to save her community. During her voyage, Moana (voiced by Auli’i Cravalho) encounters the once-powerful demigod Maui (voiced by Dwayne Johnson), who leads the young teenager in her pursuit to become a chief way-finder. Together the two valiantly cruise across the open sea on an jam-packed journey, confronting colossal creatures and incredible odds. Along the journey, Moana achieves the ancient mission of her descendants and uncovers the single thing she always pursued: her distinctive and unique individuality.

A few days prior to the film’s release I had the opportunity to see the film. “Moana” is a tale that features a heartwarming message about finding your own individuality and what makes you special and unique. Combined with this message, directors Ron Clements and John Musker offer up an array of colorful and awe-inspiring visuals that are sure to delight audiences.

Here are some reactions from audience members who attended screenings on Wednesday night:

 

Thanks to Moroch and Coog Radio for the chance to see the film a week early. “Moana” sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016.

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