Maui's Song has a Great Hook
Review by Ross Anthony

Moana endears by following the "can't lose" hero's journey formula. It's fun, sports beautiful visuals, and good music especially "You're Welcome" (sung by the Rock: Dwyane Johnson), and "Shiny" (sung by the always funny Jemaine Clement of "Flight of the Conchords" fame). I greatly enjoyed the artistic direction and lamented the fact that I wasn't watching it in 3D. If you're looking for a fun film with good energy this will fit that bill. Then when you get home search Youtube for some old episodes of "Flight of the Conchords."

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  • Moana. Copyright © 2016.
  • Starring Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Nicole Scherzinger, Jemaine Clement. Directed By Ron Clements, John Musker, Chris Williams (IX) , Don Hall. Disney.

Grade..........................A (3.5/4)

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