An adventurous teenager sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demigod Maui, who guides her in her quest to become a master way-finder. Together they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds. Along the w...more
An adventurous teenager sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demigod Maui, who guides her in her quest to become a master way-finder. Together they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds. Along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she always sought: her own identity. less
“Moana is a delight to watch with its perfect mix of humor, lessons and visuals!”
Moana, the latest offering from Disney is a delight to watch for young and old alike. My group spanned 8-80 years and we were all engrossed.
The story set in Polynesia is about a young chieftain’s daughter, Moana who goes against her father’s dictum never to leave the island to go and correct a curse put on the village, to save it from dying. In the process she also learns more about herself and her true calling.
The central character is a strong-willed young girl and that to me is the biggest strength of the movie. According to a survey conducted by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, in 2015, only 17% of the top grossing films had a female lead. Further, gender gaps in screen time and speaking time were even bigger in action films, a film genre that is typically dominated by men. Even though women played leading roles in action blockbusters such as The Hunger Games Series: Mockingjay Part 2 (Jennifer Lawrence), overall, according to this survey, male characters appeared and spoke on screen three times more often than female characters in action films.
This is where Moana wins. We need to show our children better role models and instill in them a sense of equality between the sexes. At one point in the movie, the demi-God Maui who Moana has tracked down to restore the heart of that he has stolen, calls her “Princess” in a patronizing manner. She immediately pulls him up for it and then shows him the strong stuff that she is made of. These are defining moments especially for impressionable young minds. Disney by pushing though this image of a girl willing to learn new things and brave all odds to reach her goal in a vibrant dramatic manner, hits the nail on the head.
The movie is colorful, dramatic and has plenty of humorous moments that let the messages seep through playfully instead of in a preachy fashion. The main song “How far I’ll go” reminded me of “Let it go’ from Frozen in the way it develops. Finally, we can stop here little girls warble that one and replace it with this song!
This is a great movie for everyone to watch. It has some lessons packed in lots of action, humour and colour. Go for it.