In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui reaches an impetuous Chieftain’s daughter’s island, she answers the Ocean’s call to seek out the Demigod to set things right. (IMDb)
Oh man, I loved this one. Did the fact that I watched it after drinking half a bottle of wine affect this? Maybe. I’m probably still going to love it when I watch it after drinking a normal amount of wine. The biggest thing that stands out in this one is the animation. Disney really outdid themselves on this one. It’s strikingly beautiful. Having the source material of the Polynesian islands didn’t hurt either. The family-centered story, and the struggle between doing what you want, but also what is expected, can resonate no matter the age or culture of who is watching it. All of the voice acting is wonderful. Had no idea The Rock could sing, so good on him for that, and I think we have a potential star in newcomer Auli’i Cravalho, who played the title character. As far as the music goes, I think this was one of the more successful Disney modern musical movies. It didn’t forget about the music halfway through (cough Frozen cough) or tease us with amazing singers in the voice cast but not enough music for them to sing (cough Princess and the Frog cough). Also, Lin Manuel-Miranda (of Hamilton fame) was a mainly responsible for the music, so I’m not surprised that “How Far I’ll Go” is currently stuck in my head. Overall, I loved this, can’t wait to watch it again.