Watch Moana full movie online free – This movie is fantastic. It has everything you need: drama, humor, great jokes, great voices and singing! This is a story about heroes and anti-heroes, and how they embark on their own journeys to discover themselves. The fact that the story is based on the Polynesian culture and myths seems wonderful to me. I am glad that Disney decided to show us something different. Everything else, the cast, the CGI, the script, is awesomely done. Watch this movie, you will not regret it!
Moana 123movies – Watch Moana full movie online free
Moana review by tristanwaters49 – Moana: Proof of the 2nd Disney Renaissance
Disney has been on quite a roll lately with it’s films. Over the past few years we have seen instant classics like Frozen and Wreck- it Ralph get released to instant acclaim and this year they delivered two films which are already among their best work, Zootopia and Moana. But while Zootopia was was notable for taking on major themes like racism, Moana is instead more interested with changing or removing elements that are usually found within Disney movies.
Moana is the name of the film’s protagonist, the daughter of the island chief who longs to explore the ocean against her father’s wishes. She discovers that the Ocean has chosen her to sail across the sea to free the demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson) and return a stone known as the heart of Te Fiti to its home. Maui had removed the stone centuries earlier and unknowingly cursed the world to an ever- growing darkness which is starting to consume Moana’s home.
The film is one of Disney’s most beautiful with the images of the sea and sky looking absolutely astonishing. The film also managed to seamlessly blend 3D animation with traditional hand drawn animation to achieve the effect of Maui’s magical/moving tattoos, a feat that has to be seen to believe. The soundtrack is one of the best ones that Disney has made since probably Mulan with the songs “How Far I’ll Go” and “You’re Welcome” being particularly fun and entertaining. (I’d like to point out that while “Let It Go” is a great song, I found the rest of Frozen’s songs to be pretty lame.)
Despite all of this, I think Moana’s greatest strength lies in the way it subverts typical Disney conventions by discarding the use of a love interest and a main villain. While Moana technically isn’t the first Disney princess without a love interest (that honor belongs to Brave’s Merida), she is the first one I can think of where her lack of one isn’t treated like a big deal. Remember that a key plot point of Brave was the fact that Merida’s parents wanted to force her to get married against her wishes. Here though, it’s never brought up as a concern. Moana never has to justify her singleness to her parents and her relationship with Maui remains platonic throughout the adventure. There is just too much on the line for her to worry about falling in love and the directors wisely choose to not force a romance into the plot (unlike the makers of Mulan who forced one in to that films detriment).
The other notable change made with this film is its lack of a true antagonist. While there are villainous characters in the movie, they mostly serve as obstacles in Moana and Maui’s path to return the heart of Te Fiti back to its home. At first the lack of a primary antagonist is a little jarring especially since they tend to be some of Disney’s most memorable characters but here I think it was a wise choice to not include one. The stakes are already high enough without adding another layer of needless complexity. Amazingly, the lack of a true antagonist is another point of comparison with Brave which also did not feature a true villain in the classical sense. The big difference between the two of them there though is that Moana tells a simpler and more compelling story that benefits from not having a villain whereas Brave is an uneven mess that falls apart in the second act and might have improved a bit if it at least had a memorable villain.
In the end Moana is a welcome addition to the Disney canon. The story is well written, it has beautiful animation, catchy songs, strong performances, and changes up a significant amount of Disney clichés to make it feel fresh and unique. I think we can definitely say at this point that Disney is experiencing a second renaissance.
Moana review by Ellachamb – Amazing Must-See
Moana is an intriguing and sensational Disney movie that is a must-see by everyone. It is visually appealing with breathtaking animation and is full of catchy songs that everyone will find themselves humming after seeing the movie. From the young to the old, the deep yet simple plot of Moana will appease to everyone. It is a great family movie but can also be seen and loved by even those who dislike Disney movies. Moana tells the story of an adventurous, free spirited teen that has always dreamed of sailing the ocean because of her special magic connection to it. Despite her father’s pleading and risk of danger, Moana sails to find Maui, an all-powerful demigod, to embark on a captivating adventure. The movie includes popular stars such as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson playing Maui, and Lin-Manuel Miranda writing the well-known songs from the movie.
The plot of Moana is quite different than other Disney princess movies, and some may see that as a weakness, especially the lack of love interest in the movie. But this contrast to other Disney movies is what makes it so remarkable. Moana breaks the stereotype of Disney princesses which shows that they have to have perfect barbie bodies and need to depend on a man to come save them. It shows Moana as an independent young girl who only cares about pursuing her life dreams and not about what other people think of her. This a great role model for young girls to look up to and is one of the many things that makes Moana such a phenomenal movie.
Moana review by Themadmovieman – A visually astonishing animation, albeit not the most enthralling
Continuing their Second Renaissance in style, Disney may have just hit upon their most visually beautiful film of all time with Moana. With crisp and vibrant animation everywhere you look, this film is a real feast for the eyes. It’s also a very entertaining and funny family adventure, thanks to two great central performances, and although it may not have the brains or the emotional depth of some of Disney’s best recent work, Moana is an absolute delight to watch from start to finish.
Let’s start, however, with the animation, which blew me away. Just as visually impressive as Pixar, Moana is a film that really embraces the beauty of nature, and shows it off on screen in a way you’ve probably never seen before. Whilst Finding Nemo and Dory were incredible feats in depicting the sea through animation, there’s something about Moana’s crisp and photo-realistic vision of a bright blue Polynesian ocean that’s even more stunning to witness.
This is easily one of the most colourful and vibrant films I’ve ever seen. Along with the eye-watering blue sea, the landscapes are also absolutely wonderful to look at, with the beautiful bright greens of the trees mixing with the browns and sandy whites of the ground, making every single image on screen utterly dazzling for the eyes.
However, it’s not only the stunning animation that makes Moana such a delightful watch. Huge credit has to go to the lead voice actors, Auli’i Cravalho and Dwayne Johnson, who play Moana and Maui respectively. Although both characters are at first a little difficult to love, when they embark on their epic journey across the ocean together, they become an absolutely perfect duo.
The characters themselves and their contrasting personalities play off one another so well, making for some great laughs and adding some fun into what can be a surprisingly small and solitary movie, focusing almost entirely on the two alone together at sea. However, the voice performances are what really make the two characters, as Cravalho gives Moana the perfect determination and strength to be a likable and exciting protagonist, whilst Dwayne Johnson’s sheer charisma makes Maui a perfect counterpart, and the two make the pairing hugely entertaining from start to finish.
Now, as a whole, Moana is wonderfully family-friendly, and definitely the most upbeat and funny of the Disney’s recent releases. The leading duo are cute and cuddly, and their chemistry makes for loads of laughs, whilst the story’s clear and direct objective makes a very easy-to-read watch for all ages.
However, that does unfortunately come at an expense. Over the past few years, Disney’s increasingly impressive repertoire has proved how intelligent, deep and rousing an animated kids’ film can be. From Zootopia’s fascinating social commentary to Wreck-It Ralph’s beautiful emotion, I was expecting a similar degree of depth and brains from Moana, but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little disappointed.
Whilst the animation is at times enough to make your eyes water, the story here doesn’t really provide an enthralling experience, as Moana and Maui’s journey seems plagued by a rather formulaic level-by-level plan. It’s entertaining without a doubt, but the way we follow the two moving from adversary to adversary, and never really delving as much into each of their emotional stories.
That was a little disappointing for me, but not so much given the rest of the film’s sheer beauty. If there is one major disappointment I have with Moana, then it’s the soundtrack. Apart from the fact that I didn’t even feel it was necessary, the musical numbers here feel very forced. There’s nothing like the rousing anthems of Frozen’s soundtrack, and although one song is uplifting, many of the numbers both come about and end in a very abrupt manner, consistently frustrating me as I was looking to be more exhilarated by the music.
Overall, however, Moana is a very good film. Hugely entertaining from start to finish thanks to its two main leads and excellent comedy, and particularly delightful because of its utterly beautiful animation, I had a great time watching this wonderful family movie, and although its story is a little on the thin side and its music is somewhat underwhelming, I wholeheartedly recommend Moana.
Moana review by Trevor Pacelli – A Satisfying Magical Resurrection of a Long Lost Culture
Faithful to the tradition of Disney’s renaissance era, Moana takes audiences of all ages on a journey with a resourceful young woman who learns her place in the world. Parents will love the tribute toward Polynesian culture, while kids will love the fantastical journey made complete with a fresh color palette. Other than an inappropriately placed gag about urination, Moana has established itself as yet another family-friendly hit by the Disney studio within their CGI renaissance.
The wide range of animation styles explored here starts with a two- dimensional storytelling of what Polynesian religion believes brought the islands into existence. In what appears to be a moving tapestry, a wise, grandmotherly voice-over tells us of Mother Island, who raised islands out of the sea and then rested among them. That is, until Maui the shapeshifting demigod stole her heart. Along his path away from Mother Island, he lost the heart, as well as his fish hook that allows him to shapeshift.
Then the animation style switches to the traditional computer animation, where an elderly storyteller is speaking to her grandchildren about the story. The one seated in the middle of the pack, the heroine of our story, immediately goes out onto the seashore, where the miraculously animated living water leads her through conch shells to the heart of Mother Island itself: the ocean called her to restore peace to the land.
Then this toddler grows up to become Moana, daughter of the chief who wishes to sway away from their traditional ways in order to explore the world. She’s a typical kid’s movie heroine we’ve seen countless times before, and her motive to defy authority is not a good message for our kids, but the empowering musical voice by Auli’i Cravalho plenty makes up for that.
Her grandmother pushes her to follow the calling by the ocean to find Maui the demigod so that she can help him retrieve his fish hook and return the heart to Mother Island. It follows out of the tradition followed by her people, as they are not voyagers; but their long-forgotten ancestry says otherwise. Therefore, Moana goes out on the quest, with a google-eyed, dim-witted chicken as her sole companion.
Then she meets Maui himself, voiced with a lovable laid-back nature by Dwayne Johnson. He adds the familiar heart and soul expected from any Disney feature, as his tattoos move individually to express his true feelings.
Now with the demigod on her voyage, Moana travels elsewhere to find his hook and get to Mother Island. Such stops include an underwater world of fantasy that houses a giant gold-crazy hermit crab. He is not one of the more tolerable portions of the adventure though, as his modes of dialogue includes rambling without a clear punchline to whatever joke he’s attempting to deliver, and an out of place song sung in the style of Paul McCartney.
This is among one of the other songs that simply sound odd in melody. Even so, there are several hits in the score, including Moana’s single ballad, “How Far I’ll Go,” and the catchy “We Know the Way,” both of which are guaranteed Oscar nominations. Yet none of these songs will catch on as one of Disney’s iconic tunes. In addition, anytime the characters are not singing, they are blatantly telling us through not-so-subtle foreshadowing what will happen later on.
Another thing that is difficult to grasp about Moana is the big “so what” of its celebration towards pagan religion. While yes, we should never be afraid to learn about other cultures and their backgrounds, depicting their gods as truth is not the answer to learning about who these people are. I would like for Disney to someday make a big leap in exploring and faithfully retelling the way those of another culture live their day to day lives, as to make up for their poor treatment of non-White races in the past.
I cannot see Moana becoming a celebrated classic like Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, or The Little Mermaid, nor can I see it largely influencing pop culture like Frozen or Zootopia, but it is still a fresh adventure for the young and young at heart to get the ideal expected Disney experience.