Viewed – 20 January 2018 DVD
It seems there’s so many animated movies these days, its hard to keep up and I’ll admit I’ve missed out on a few big titles. However I managed to get hold of this recent Disney offering and although knowing little about it, rarely does the house of mouse let me down. Moana, the only daughter of a tribe living on a peaceful tropical island finds herself setting out on a journey to find the once-mighty demigod Maui, who her people believe has cursed their oceans after a sacred stone was stolen from a far off island.
This plays very much on Disney tradition; the princess yearning for a life beyond her palace (island) who has to go on a journey of self discovery and finally believe in herself to overcome impossible odds. It’s incredibly clichéd which holds this back a little despite plenty of action and songs. For a musical we do get some enjoyable numbers (stand out: ‘You’re welcome’) and characters are full of personality thanks to some excellent animation. Dwayne ‘the rock’ Johnson especially stands out as Maui. The movie also looks gorgeous too as is expected these days, even if like most CGI it lacks a little artistry. So what does it have we haven’t seen before? Not much but it’s often funny and frequently exciting and leads to a solid, feel good ending that still left me satisfied.
Disney played it safe here but it’s still near impossible not to find something to enjoy when it’s done so slickly. Not essential, but worth a watch if you’re a Disney fan, otherwise there’s more unique animated movies out there.
Verdict: 3 /5