Moana 2016 Region Free
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Disney animated adventure set in ancient Oceania. When a fiery ocean demon threatens her peaceful island home, teenage Princess Moana (voice of Auli'i Cravalho) vows to fulfil her heroic destiny and save her people. Putting her navigation skills to the test, Moana sets out on a daring sea voyage to find the once-mighty demi-God Maui (Dwayne Johnson), the legendary creator of the Pacific Islands and the only one who can help her with her quest. Together, they traverse the treacherous open waters, encountering difficult conditions and dangerous creatures along the way, as Moana searches for the mythical island which holds the key to completing her mission. The film also features the voice talents of Jemaine Clement, Alan Tudyk and Nicole Scherzinger. The film was nominated for the BAFTA for Best Animated Film, two Golden Globe Awards for Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Song - Motion Picture (How Far I'll Go), and two Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song (How Far I'll Go).
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While the big box office draw is Dwayne Johnson, whom I will get to in a minute, I thought I would give credit where credit is due and begin this review with the star of the film, new comer Auli’i Cravalho. Simply put, Cravalho “rocked” it! (pun intended). First of all, she was able to convey on a deeply personal and relatable level the uncertainty and trepidation that Moana had in knowing she had the responsibility to meet the challenge in front of her. In this case, it was to journey outside the reef of her island in order to save it. Cravalho was outstanding in reminding the audience that each one of us, at one time or another has had to venture outside our own comfort zone. And when we go outside our proverbial reefs, life becomes scary as hell. Self-doubt and lack of confidence bear down on us. The voice in our head tells us we can’t or that we should quit. It gets amplified when, more often than not, we stumble right out of the gate. However, as our mettle is tested, we quickly recognize that life’s challenges are the true opportunities to grow and develop as a person. Yes, it’s cliché, but even in this era of hyper-change, some basic truths are as solid now as they were in the dawn of civilization. Through her timing and attention to tone of voice, Cravalho captures this nuance superbly.
Equally impressive is her ability to transform the apprehensive and uncertain Moana in the early part of the film, to the self-confident and bold leader who emerges along the journey. It would have been difficult to portray the necessary confidence in the manner required for this film, unless she had her own personal experience of initial self-doubt followed by earned self-confidence. I raise this issue because I suspect that as a new-comer, she must have had doubts along her journey as to if she was really qualified to lead a film with one of Hollywood’s biggest stars. I even read she wasn’t going to audition because she saw youtube auditions of others who she felt were more qualified. Fortunately for all of us, she didn’t listen to those negative voices. I expect we will be seeing more of her in the future.
The last aspect of why Cravalho was perfect for this part is her Polynesian heritage. While all of us can respect and appreciate the beauty and history that comes from other cultures, it is quite different to have the opportunity to share with the world your own personal history. There is an emotional connection and pride that comes from the chance to be an ambassador to your home community and your ancestors. Throughout the film, I kept smiling as I pictured Cravalho’s family and friends celebrating her telling of their mutual history. Her commitment to sharing her history is powerful stuff.
Now, on to Dwayne Johnson. I start by stating I am a big fan of his, except for his decision long ago to play football for the University of Maimi, but that’s because my allegiance is to Notre Dame. Football aside, this was a role that was beckoning Johnson. Just like Cravalho, the role of Maui was his chance to tell the story of his own Polynesian heritage. It pushed him outside his comfort zone and expanded his range beyond his typical role of action hero. While many actors can get typecast in specific roles, especially action heroes, Moana demonstrated how far Johnson has developed and that we can expect more unexpected roles from him in the future. Incredibly, in this case he had to learn to sing! Singing, at least to me, is perhaps the single most terrifying experience there can be. When I read that he learned to sing for this part my respect for his devotion to this craft went up a few notches.
In the end, Moana is a film perfect for its time. Every day, the world seems to get one step closer to falling off the cliff of insanity. But with Moana we are taken back to our roots through the art of story. In this case, Moana is a modern version of Homer’s Odyssey but in our version Odysseus is a smart, strong a bold young woman who completes the journey. And that my friends is the true magic of Moana.
This film follows Disney's very first Polynesian princess (technically, not a princess though. Although, apparently, "if you wear a dress and you have an animal sidekick, you're a princess. ), voiced beautifully by newcomer Auli'i Cravalho, who teams up with the larger-than-life demigod Maui, voiced by the larger-than-life Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, to resolve the mysterious rift between man and nature and revive the ancient art of wayfinding. Along the way, she also seeks the one thing she has sought out her whole life: her identity.
Like how Maui could go on and on explaining every natural phenomenon, I could go on and on explaining how this film is nothing less than PERFECT. The story is incredibly moving and thought-provoking. Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina, and Opetaia Foa'i team up to bring us a soundtrack that deserves at least 10 Oscars. The cast is not only brilliantly assembled; most of them come from Polynesian roots (Auli'i Cravalho is a native Hawaiian, Dwayne Johnson's ancestors are Samoan, Temuera Morrison hails from New Zealand); in fact, the only cast member who is not Polynesian is Alan Tudyk, but only because he voices Hei Hei the rooster. The animation and character design is some of the finest I have ever seen in a Disney computer-animated film... Honestly, if I went any more into detail about how this film is my absolute favorite of 2016, we'd be here all day.
So, in short, Disney's 56th animated movie is an instant classic and will no doubt go down in history. This film is a must-see for all Disney fans, young and old. It's yet another brilliantly gleaming gem in the Disney Animation canon!
If you want more freedom to watch your movie anywhere, get this pack. I'm not gonna bother reviewing the movie other than to say it's great. Great music, beautiful animation, and a fun and inspiring story.