Film Review: Moana
Disney’s 21st century renaissance continues apace with the story of Moana. She’s a Polynesian princess seeking out the demi-God Maui who has stolen the heart of the goddess Te Fiti, causing all living things to begin to perish. There are all the hallmarks of Disney formula – the catchy tunes, goofy sidekicks and traditional storytelling – but there’s feistiness to the film that sets it apart from the pack. This is embodied by the two leads – Maui as a kind of antihero with a God Complex (played with typical charisma by Dwayne Johnson), and Moana herself (Auli’I Cravalho) as a smart and strong princess, totally separate from the whitewashed, lovestruck offerings of old. Funny, loveable and exciting, this is one of the strongest animations of the year.