There are two things I learned from the stars of the latest Disney film: Dwayne Johnson can do anything and Auli’i Cravalho is a star everyone should watch out.

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Directed by  Ron Clements and John Musker (the guys who gave us Aladdin and Hercules), Moana stars Auli’i Cravalho and Dwayne Johnson as the titular Moana and the demi-god Maui, respectively.

The film stars Moana (Cravalho), a daughter of a chief on a small Polynesian island. When crops started to rot and fishes left the area, Moana learned that a 1 000 year old robbery done by the demi-god Maui (Johnson) causes the said disaster. With the encouragement of her grandma Tala (Rachel House), she sails away from her island to look for Maui and return the stolen gem/heart to its rightful location.

Right off the bat, it has to be officially said that Dwayne Johnson can absolutely do anything*! He has done action, comedy, music, and wrestling. We can now add voice acting to the list. WWE has branded him “the most electrifying man in sports entertainment”. Well, Johnson has truly brought energy in the film. His song You’re Welcome was just perfect for his voice. The character of Maui is such a well-rounded character, but it was such a waste not to explore on his past or his motives that much.

Auli’i Cravalho is a promising talent. Her song How Far I’ll Go proves that Disney hasn’t lost its touch with musicals. The future is bright for this lady.

The film’s soundtrack is another marvel. All of the songs were magnificent. Jemaine Clement’s Shiny is a gem on its own.

Round of applause also for Alan Tudyk’s take as Hei Hei the Chicken.

Moana is a feel good film that the entire family can enjoy. The actors’ voice acting, the soundtrack, and the incorporated Polynesian mythology make this film…

GREAT GOOD BAD UGLY

* Figuratively, of course…
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