#Moana Movie Review

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Review Wire Media for Walt Disney. I received information to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

On Wednesday, November 16th, my family had the opportunity to go see a screening of the new Disney film, Moana! It opens November 23rd, and is rated PG. Check out the trailer below and make sure you let me know if this is a film you or your children would be interested in seeing!

About Moana;

Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one knows why.
From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli‘i Cravalho) meets the once-mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in her quest to become a master Wayfinder. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity.
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Our Thoughts;

This movie was absolutely amazing. We got to see it in 3D, but the 3D aspect of it wasn’t all in your face like some other movies are. The movie REALLY made me want to visit Hawaii, and the visual aspect of this movie was absolutely breathtakingly stunning. I absolutely couldn’t get over how real everything looked! Parts of me forgot this was a movie.

Moana is the star of the movie, of course, but it just wouldn’t be the same movie without Maui and Heihei, Moana’s sidekick chicken! Moana might be the Chieftain’s daughter, but she is her own person. She is headstrong and when she knows what she wants something, she does it. Not without some conflict in her own head, though. She is yet one more STRONG Disney Princess!

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The Ocean Chose You. 

Maui is voiced by none other than Dawayne “The Rock” Johnson and he couldn’t have been more perfect for that role! One thing that The Rock is famous for in movies that he is in is “popping his pecks” and Yes, I was so glad that Maui did this too! I got a kick out of it, as did both of my boys!

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I honestly don’t think Rosalie looked away from the movie screen once, except when she had to go potty. Michael and Connor have been listening to the Moana Soundtrack on Spotify on their phones since the day after we saw the movie. The songs are catching and definitely sing-along songs!

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Maybe it’s because I’m getting older, or maybe it’s because I have always been super emotional, but this movie had me tearing up a couple times. You’ve got Moana’s eccentric Grandma, who was an absolute hoot. She was the “island crazy lady” according to herself, but I loved her!

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I loved that Moana isn’t a romantic princess movie. It’s a movie about a strong princess who is a heroin. Moana is a great princess role model for young girls AND boys, I loved that the story showed that if you put your mind to something you can do it.

All 3 of my kids want to see it again. THAT says something, especially because my boys being 8 and 10 years old, aren’t really into the cartoon movies much anymore, but they are absolutely hooked!

One last thing about this movie… Watch for a Frozen related Easter Egg in the movie! Okay, so not a real Easter Egg, but watch for something Frozen related in the movie! I saw it, Rosalie saw it and freaked out when she saw the character from Frozen! Pretty cool, I thought.

Big thanks goes to Disney and The Review Wire for allowing me to go to an advanced screening of Moana. I’m so glad I got to take my family to see it!

Is Moana a movie that sounds like something you or your children would like to see when it hits theaters?

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