Moana ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2

Post-Frozen, entertaining Disney with stunning visuals  – but slightly lacking plot-wise.

Veteran Disney Directors, Musker  & Clements (Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules) dive into an ocean of Polynesian mythology as protagonist Moana seeks to re-unite a mystic stone with a Goddess.

Beautiful animation.  An excellent music score from amongst others Mr “Hamilton” himself,  Lin-Manuel Miranda. Good vocal work from Dwayne Johnson and newcomer  Auli’i Cravalho. All the elements are here, plus a real effort to avoid the ‘Disney Princess’ cliches of old – through a story of female-empowerment.

Hats off to the makers – this is imaginative animation with the Ocean becoming a real character in the film. And it’s Moana’s relationship with the sea and her people, which is core to the story. Abandoning the romances of old is a bold and positive move, but the story is not always as engaging as the more recent Disney classics.

But of course,  I’m still singing those very catchy tunes. Moana – “You’re Welcome!”moana-fallback_fde4d101


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