Hello, everybody, and welcome to yet another Mickey Mouse Monday!
So, Moana came out for Thanksgiving. And after seeing it, not only was I completely in love with the movie as a whole, but I couldn’t help but think back to one of my first posts on this blog – a prediction about Moana as a movie (click her name if you want to read the article).
Now it’s time to regroup and reconsider…what did I get wrong, and what did I get right? Let’s take all the exhibits one at a time:
BEWARE! SPOILERS AHEAD!
The art of dance in Polynesian culture.
As far as I can recall, the culture of Moana’s tribe and fire dancing don’t really have a huge influence on the movie except as an opening song. That being said, though, that culture carried through all of the songs in the movie, thanks to the fabulous Lin-Manuel Miranda. So, this one I was wrong on, to an extent. That doesn’t mean there was not dancing in the movie, but like I said, it was rather condensed into the one song.
For most of this section, I focused on Maui who is the demigod shapeshifter and hero of man (I’m missing some titles there). I predicted that, since Maui was the trickster God, he would trick Moana, even go so far as to trick her and become the villain. The thing is…I was right! Maui used his song You’re Welcome to trick Moana into a trap so he could steal her boat and escape the island he had been stranded on for thousands of years. He didn’t become the obvious villain, but since he was the one who caused all the bad stuff to happen in the Pacific Ocean, we could kind of blame him for everything.
That ending was the biggest twist I’ve ever seen in a Disney movie. Is it the biggest twist of all time? No, it’s been done before by countless other movies. It’s nice to see Disney start catching up to more modern storytelling, though. Long story short, there is a lava demon by the name of Te Kā, which is kind of similar to Vari-Ma-Te-Takere. I won’t exactly mention what happens to Te Kā in the movie, but hey, Disney lava demon = actual Polynesian demon. Another win for me!
So, my predictions weren’t all that off! They certainly weren’t on point, but it was really cool to actually dig through Polynesian mythology and try to piece together the story based off of all the concept art. Kind of like being Sherlock Holmes, really. Or is it more like…Sherlock PALMS???
Now, I want to hear from you! What was your favorite part of Moana?