Moana a Pacific adventure to treasure
who’s neck-n-neck with Finding Dory‘ s Gerald for Best Cartoon Dumb-Dumb of the Year.
The songs from Lin-Manuel Miranda and Opetaia Foa’i are mighty.
The harmonies in Where You Are will ignite the coldest heart; We Know the Way is a stirring introduction to Moana’s ancestry; and made the hair on my goosebumps stand up. You’re Welcome doesn’t fare as well, a lyrically clever but awkwardly flat-sounding tune, while the Jemaine Clement-sung Shiny is a humorous and catchy number that ends up being cluttered by a visually-busy action scene.
The music triumphs when it simultaneously embraces traditions and embarks from the norm – a quality that empowers the whole film.
Featuring the voices of Dwayne Johnson and Auli’i Cravalho, Moana simultaneously embraces traditions and embarks from the norm.