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Moana Movie Review: Disney Weaves Magic Again With This Adventure

Sameeksha | @s_dandriyal

Updated: December 2, 2016, 2:59 PM IST
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Moana Movie Review: Disney Weaves Magic Again With This Adventure
A still from Moana.

Disney's Moana is all set to sail to the theaters today. The 3D animation movie comes from the makers of Zootopia and Frozen and promises to entice the audience in the similar fashion. Moana is Disney's first Polynesian princess, the strong-willed daughter of the chief of a Polynesian tribe, who is chosen by the ocean itself to reunite a mystical relic with a goddess. When a blight strikes her island, Moana sets sail in search of Maui, a legendary demigod, in hopes to save her people.

Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, the film features the voices of Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Jemaine Clement, Nicole Scherzinger and Alan Tudyk.

After Merida from Brave (2012), Moana is the second Disney Princess to have a story not based on a fairy tale or legend, nor having a love interest. Many are hailing it as the progressive step by the biggest studios to include more diversity and also from identifying the woman on their acts and not just beauty of prince charming.

Will this progressive step be rewarded with equal enthusiasm? Will Moana be the face of new age fairytale as touted by the studios? Will the story be as engaging as the known Disney fables? Sameeksha from News18 is inside the theater to find out.

12:41 PM: The film begins with the tale of Maui. Terrifying and adorable at the same time. #Moana

12:45 PM: The beautifully animated sea and little Moana will win your heart right from the first scene itself. #Moana

12:53 PM: Quirky, courageous and intelligent, that's #Moana for you. The leader of the tribe is a rebel for all the right reasons!

12:57 PM:Pua and HeiHei are the perfect Disney sidekicks. Adorable and goofy. #Moana

1:02 PM: 'Who are you meant to be' the existential question every young adult goes through. Right in the feels #Moana, right in the feels.

1:05 PM: The tribal voyager song will make you groove to its beat. Oh Disney, always making the best musicals! #Moana

1:17 PM: Magic, be it in a stone, grandma's love or in form of an arrogant demigod, is always the center key. #Moana

1:26 PM: The adventure of Maui and #Moana sets in! And they are fighting cute little villain pirates who are actually coconuts. Cuteness all around.

1:45 PM: Princess or not, managing long hair is always a problem. Disney is getting real here, must say. #Moana

1:55 PM: A heartbreaking story and an emotional mission is all you need for an engaging story. #Moana is all that.

2:06 PM: Always believe in the power of love, it guides to the right way. And no, we are not talking about the cliche Disney romance here. #Moana

2:16 PM: Almost hearing the climax and we have a feeling HeiHei is more than just what meets the eyes. Some miraculous birdman maybe? #Moana

2:17 PM: The climax is quite predictable but the picturisation keeps you hooked. #Moana

2:19 PM: The best part of #Moana is the way makers have depicted and respected mother nature. It's wonderful and inspiring.

2:23 PM: #Moana is story of finding yourself and this new disney princess wins your heart with her curiosity and bravery.

2:29 PM: Also you'd be yearning for a close to nature, beach vacation after the movie. Yes, Disney does weave magic again with. #Moana

First Published: December 2, 2016, 12:51 PM IST
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