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Moana: a Boxing day movie release

Boxing Day this year is going to be amazing for so many kids around the world. We have quite a few great movies coming out and I know the cinemas around Australia are going to be full to the brim.

Beyond Cosplay was given an early present this year and we attended a premier for the new Disney movie “Moana”.

This is the 56th Disney animated feature film and directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. An amazing soundtrack written by Mark Mancina, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Opetaia Foa’I. All these guys bring an amazing mix of rhythm, lyrics and beautiful scenery to a good storyline. Giving the average person a brief look into the Polynesian history, they do so in a bright, happy and safe manner – not to scare the little ones.


Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Auli’I Cravalho take on what I would hope is the movie to take over 2013’s box office success “Frozen” – the highest grossing Disney movie of all time. Although this movie has been out for over a week in the US, we “Aussies down under” haven’t been privy to the global release. But not to worry. There really isn’t that much of a chance of spoilers you haven’t already guessed.

The Rock voiced the demi god Maui, who sets the scene with the stereotypical act of selfishness. It sets the tone of the movie for the heroine, Moanavoiced by the new upcomer, Cravalho. The chief’s daughter and future chieftess of the island, she was constantly told by her father that, “…she cannot go out past the reef.” Why? It does come across as stubbornness and, “stick to the old ways,” which in an ever evolving society seems a little silly. But the more foreboding it is, the eagerness and curiosity kicks. A Disney movie is not complete without a musical number or two. Enough memorable songs that I actually found myself humming along to the tune.


Like many Disney princess predecessors, Moana vows that she will not comply to her father’s warnings, as the island starts to deteriorate and sets out to find Maui. This is where the movie was heading: to correct the mysterious evil in the world with a quest.

The journey across the ocean is never easy. But don’t be fooled that this movie is not all about sunshine and rainbows. There are some dark elements where I was thinking maybe this certainly does deserve its PG rating.

The depiction of the legendary monsters of the deep of Polynesia is best described in three words: creepy, scary, weird. The crab in particular was a little strange but in great humour. Not sure I was totally sold on his singing but funny none the less.

Without giving too much away, this is truly a great film and one for all ages. Mums and dads, take your kids. Guys, take your girlfriends or significant others. Single people… take some friends. Because this is a movie for everyone and everyone should see this movie!

Happy holidays from me and the team. Stay safe.



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