Critic Consensus: With a title character as three-dimensional as its lush animation and a story that adds fresh depth to Disney's time-tested formula, Moana is truly a family-friendly adventure for the ages.
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Critic Reviews for Moana
This is Disney's way of having its formulaic cake and eating it, too: "We know what we're doing here, and we know that you know it, too. So please stop fretting and enjoy while the pieces fall into place."
The narrative is a fairly predictable hero's journey -- Maui even calls her "The Chosen One" -- but the movie is refreshing for its lack of a love interest; instead Moana learns how to chart her own course.
An absolute delight, a lush, exuberant quest fable full of big musical numbers and featuring perhaps the most stunning visuals of any Disney film to date.
Story of Pacific Islander girl on a quest benefits from Dwayne Johnson's comic timing and a Lin-Manuel Miranda soundtrack
The film achieves what the best Disney animated features do: a sense of place that is refined and specific.
Audience Reviews for Moana
It trips a bit in the end (post-climax) and how the characters seem to change their minds all the time, but even so this is a great animation that looks gorgeous in every way imaginable and has beautiful songs and a modern Disney Princess who is strong, independent and determined.
Disney, aware of the criticism against her, tosses another attempt to rectify wrongs ... And scores. Set amongst some Pacific islands a princess comes into her own in fetching fashion. And big fun.
A plethora of directors bring the coconuts to life in Moana. Sailing across the ocean at 100 minutes, Moana delivers a predictable, yet heartfelt family story. Most of the way, the plot relies on a couple major characters and a third that doesn't speak. The great character chemistry is enough to keep the canoe afloat even during the slowest of times. Catchy tunes show up along the way as needed. Granted the film is a lot of ocean, Moana satisfies visually with its color and high caliber graphics to lead the way. Character designs are nicely done as well. Dwayne Johnson and Auli'i Cravalho fill the voices of Maui and Moana respectively. The rest of the characters are voiced as they come in and out of the story. Moana is everything an animated Disney film sets out to be. Become a master wayfinder and set sail.
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