The word “the chosen one” have very powerful meaning. It can be kind of bless or a disaster. If you are called “the chosen”, you lift extremely big responsibility in your shoulder. Many people will rely on you. People would put their hope with you. But you, you have nothing to rely on. Frequently, you have to do all things by yourself. You have to sacrifice yourself, to let yourself down for the good of entire people in the world. Okay, I am little bit exaggerating here. But it is real, right? See, it is a big and not-really-good job to do. But Moana, a young woman soon-to-be chief, can do that perfectly.
The story begins with the amazing fable regarding the creation of life. Long long time ago, ocean occupied earth. No land, no island, just sea. At one time, the Goddess of Island, Te Fiti, started to create island to live by the power of Pounamu stone. However, the Demigod Maui, stole that stone as the gift for humans. In the middle of his journey, Te Ka confronted him so the stone were lost in the ocean along with his fish hook. That story was told from generation to generation until Moana comes to life. Moana Waialiki is a daughter of Chief Tui on the small Polynesian island of Motunui. Her father believed that the island provide everything for their life like abundance of fish and coconuts. But, Moana didn’t think like that. When her village hit by scarcity, she thinks people would sail beyond the reef but her father reject that idea. The fear of losing someone scare him so much. Moana is unwilling to give up easily. With the help of her grandmother, she discovered a secret hidden cave behind a waterfall. She found a fleet of outrigger sailing canoes inside. She revealed the truth of her ancestors; they all were brave voyagers.
Without her father’s permission, Moana, with her pet rooster Heihei, voyages to the open ocean to find Maui. A typhoon flips her boat and makes her unconscious. She stranded in a small island where Maui lived for years. Moana convinces Maui to return the stone, but Maui refuses. After a lot of talks and debates, Maui accepts Moana’s wish but before that, they should take his Fish Hook back. Before sailing far enough from the island, Pygmy pirates called Kakamora attack them to steal the stone. They can escape but the next challenge is coming from the giant coconut crab named Tamatoa. After doing some tricks, Maui and Moana can bring back Maui’s Fish Hook and continue their journey to Te Fiti. Te Ka shows himself and tries to destroy them. Maui fights it back but his hook damaged severely. They feel hopeless. Moana feels ocean was wrong to choose her. However, her spirit restored after Tala appears and encourages Moana to find her true calling. For the second time, Moana and Maui fight Te Ka and risk everything they have.
I am pretty sure Moana can be the next Lion King. The story is similar; simple but everlasting. Disney did a good job with this film. It is magical, full of imagination but easy to understand. However, for the older audiences, it may be too nonsense. The are plot holes in some parts like why ocean chose Moana. The film does not give answer for that simple question. Moana has easy listening original soundtrack. I should force my colleague to include it in his soundtrack article (if this is yet to publish).
Producers : Osnat Shurer
Directors : Ron Clements, John Musker
Writers: Jared Bush
Starring : Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Jemaine Clement, Nicole Scherzinger, Alan Tudyk