Moana tells viewers to follow their hearts (computer art)


Disney is a movie powerhouse. The industry has produced many favorite childhood movies. Moana is certainly no exception. The movie tells the story of a 16-year-old Hawaiian girl named, as the title of the movie suggests, Moana.

Moana is the daughter of the village chief who forbids anyone in the village from sailing past their local lagoon, which provides the island with its main food supply. However, the fish in the lagoon disperse and leave the lagoon, and coconuts on the island go bad and appear black on the inside.

Moana, her being her smart iconic self, realizes that the villagers need to go past the reef to solve the problem the island is facing. On the way, she searches for the demigod Maui, who holds the key to help save her island.

Moana’s ambition to save her island despite her father’s protests is where the central message of the story comes from. Moana knows the solution to her problem lies outside of her local village, so she is willing to break the rules to save her people. The underlying theme of the entire movie is that viewers should always follow their hearts despite others’ oppositions.

Moana is voiced by Auli’i Cravalho in her debut acting role. Maui is voiced by actor and former wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

The music is phenomenal. Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator and director of the Broadway musical Hamilton, was the driving force behind the astounding music in the motion picture. The music features many Hawaiian instruments and sounds, which definitely comes into play in songs like “We Know the Way” and “I am Moana (Song of the Ancestors).”

The movie scored a 95% on movie and TV reviewer Rotten Tomatoes, a 3.5 out of 4 on Roger Ebert and a 4 out of 5 on Common Sense Media. It was released on DVD and Blu-Ray formats on March 7.