Moana

Reviewed
Thu. 6/8/17
Moana
3
Acting
3.5
3.5/5
Morality
4
4/5
Music
3
3/5
Story
2
2/5
Visuals
4.5
4.5/5
Kernel Factor
1
1/5
Two new Disney characters trying hard to carve their mark into Disney's legacy
Reviewed By: Steven Siwek
Viewing Environment:
DVD or Streaming >27in
Viewing Crew:
Family
Times Watched:
1
Genre:
Kids/Family
Payment Method:
Rental/Redbox
Review:

It's "crazy" that I would say the Occasional Popcorn scorecard can sometimes fall apart when it comes to rating movies, but here I am saying my scorecard is not perfect. Animated movies these days, Moana included, are usually stunning. The detail and wonder that it stimulates is hard to match. Consequently, animated movies usually get a very high visual rating, which can scew the rest of the reviews. Now, why do I go to great lengths to explain this? Because Moana is yet another example of a formulated kids movie. I feel like animated movies used to be made based on what the creators thought would be good, based on their gut and experiences. Now, it feels like every single scene is reviewed by various focus groups of kids. It's so scientific. This movie is a prime example of it. So many scenes don't make sense, it's mostly chaotic, and it certainly doesn't move me. Take this review with a grain of salt (or sand) - it just doesn't measure up to what Disney has been known to create. It has a very Lilo and Stitch feel, which I really didn't like that movie.

Acting
Okay, Moana has a beautiful voice and the Rock usually is pretty solid. But they are it! There aren't really any other characters (actually talking characters), except the dumb crab. Moana seriously had a lot of pressure on her to carry this film.
Morality
Good message - identity and calling. It shows that giants can get in your way, but it also provides an entirely different creation story. Still, good opportunity to teach your kids. However, the evil character is pretty gnarly looking. 
Music
One song. One song is worth noting. The rest of them are just trying so hard to be another Disney great. You can tell they tried, but it's not worth more than a 3/5. The crab singing nearly broke me down. 
Story
They took the legend of Maui and adapted it for kids. Great idea. However, this film was clearly made for kids. I barely chuckled at the dumb chicken who doesn't know how to peck properly. There's not a lot of substance here.
Visuals
Beautiful. The water, the foiliage, the stars are really wonderful. I think the evil character is very evil looking (too much for kids) and almost doesn't match the sweet visuals of the film.
Kernel Factor
It's hard to explain, but it just feels so formulaic. Yes, it's original, but it's missing true uniqueness. 

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