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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Angry Badger Review: Moana

Aloha everyone! And welcome to another Movie review. Today we will be taking a look at Moana, the latest Disney Princess movie to hit Theaters by storm.

But what is Moana really about you ask? Let me tell you:

    An adventurous teenager sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demigod Maui, who guides her in her quest to become a master way-finder. Together they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds. Along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she always sought: her own identity

Unbiased review:

    Moana is a visually stunning movie. If you love the look of oceans and island then you will love Moana. Overall it has a nice story with the theme of finding your true self (it's not like we haven't seen that story a billion times already) but it repackages it nicely with an Hawaiian twist. We see a nice cast of characters, with loving parents and a slightly crazy grandmother. And honestly it's nice to see some diversity in a Disney movie. Moana is rated PG for fantasy adventure.

OH and if your go watch it make sure to stay till after the credits. There is a scene after them.

                    Things to consider before the movie
                        (I'll try not to spoil anything)

Magic: Like all Disney movies Moana has magic. But it's magic is a living ocean, a shape-shifting demigod with moving tattoos, a Lava Monster, and living pirate coconuts. Oh and the occasional spirit guild (Will expand more about that later).

Other Negatives: In the very beginning of Moana we are introduced to the Hawaiian legend of creation that involves the Mother island giving life to all the earth. Then we are introduced to Maui, a demigod with amazing powers. And then we are shown a 'demon' of fire and earth (it's really just a lava monster that looks like this)

And some rather unfriendly coconuts.


There is one point in the movie where Moana receives guidance from her grandma that is a spirit (think of Lion King). On Moana's island she is constantly tempted to sail away on the sea, which her father constantly told her not to do. But that isn't helped as the Grandmother often pushes Moana to the sea. We are also told that we should give thanks to Maui (the demigod) because he has given us a lot of things, like island and other such stuff (there is a whole song sung my Maui about thanking him)

Warning! Spoilers and Opinions lay Beyond! Enter at your own Risk

     So before I get into my opinion if you don't want to know my opinion just follow Chuck... okay you gone now? lets get into it

Opinionated review:

     Thought I did like the different flavor Moana gave. Such as the Hawaiian feel, the beautiful animation, and the family friendly humor. There are things I didn't like about it also. Moana seems to be called to the sea, like an unshakably drawn to it call, and she try's to fight it when her father doesn't stop her. But her grandmother kinda pushes Moana into her temptation. Also we see Moana's grandma come back as a spirit, kind of like the Lion Kind when Mufasa comes back to talk to Simba. Also I think if Christian parents are taking young kids to watch it that you may want to explain to them how the Hawaiian legend of creation isn't how it happened, and that we didn't get coconuts, islands and other such things from a demigod named Maui. If your family is fond of Disney movies, and don't mind the little issues they have, then Moana is a fun one to watch with your family. But if you don't care for the magic, demigods, island goddesses, and the such then this movie probably isn't for you.

So what do you think? Have you seen the movie? do you Think I hit it on the nail or did I miss the broad side of the barn? Let me know your opinion in the comments down below

Pictures and gifs used are owned by their respective creators and I do not clam any of them as my own


  1. It's so ironic that my dad just mentioned this movie then you do a review on it....

    I haven't seen the movie yet, but am thinking of seeing it sometime in December.

    And the picture of the coconuts up there sent me into fits of laughter. XD

    1. How funny! was he mentioning it as something to go watch?

      Yeah December would be a great time, since it's a nice summery movie and December is the start of winter (though I love winter)

      The Coconuts! They where so fun!

  2. This is a really well-written review; very thorough. I didn't plan on seeing this movie in the first place, but your review is still very helpful. :)

  3. Wow really good review! I just might watch it now!

    1. Thank you! If you watch it I hope you enjoy it :)


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