Here's Why I Think Everyone Should See Disney's Moana
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Here's Why I Think Everyone Should See Disney's Moana

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Here's Why I Think Everyone Should See Disney's Moana
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If you know me, you know that Frozen is without a doubt my favorite Disney movie of all time. Well, over the weekend I was finally able to sit down and watch Moana, and honestly if it’s not my new favorite Disney movie, it’s definitely a close second. I laughed and I cried. I found it to be slightly relatable, and I decided that not only is Moana a notable princess, but she can definitely act as a role model to any type of person. So here are five reasons why I think everyone should take the time to watch the Disney’s Moana.

1.) Moana can be looked at as a role model to anyone

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Throughout the duration of the movie Moana faces several challenges, all of which knock her down, but no matter what Moana always gets back up and tries again. Yes, the ocean is almost always there for Moana when she does get pushed down… But, she doesn’t expect help from anyone. She takes on a huge amount of responsibility at only 16 years old, meanwhile I get exhausted after attending one of my five classes.

2.) The only love story in Moana is the one between her and her grandmother

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The majority of songs, movies, and television shows that come out nowadays revolve around love, whereas in Moana, the plot of the movie is more focused on her saving her village. Like I said, the only love story in Moana is the one between her and her grandma. I admired the writers for incorporating the love story between Moana and her grandmother for two reasons. The first being that it was nice to see yet another Disney movie strictly about girl power, Moana could focus on accomplishing her goals instead of being distracted by a male love interest. The second being that I am also extremely close with my grandmother(Nanny), so I found Moana’s love for her own grandmother to be extremely relatable. Because of the relationship I have with my own Nanny, which I keep very close to my heart, the connection I made to Moana’s relationship with her grandmother came easily to me. So shout out to my Nan, because she’s the best.

3.) It's interesting to see how Disney incorporated the Hawaiian culture into the film

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Solely, I am very interested in studying cultures different than my own, so I especially idolized the way they tied different words, myths, and traditions from both the Hawaiian and Polynesian cultures. In fact, after watching the movie, I learned that “Moana” means “ocean,” or “sea,” in Hawaiian.

4.) The soundtrack is incredible

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To be honest, the only reason that I was interested in seeing the movie in the first place was because of the videos that went viral of people singing the soundtrack’s “How Far I’ll Go” in a bunch of different languages. I would say that the movie has the perfect amount of songs in it for someone who loves musicals, but it also has the right amount for someone who doesn’t want to see a movie full of music.

5.) And lastly, Moana is just an overall feel-good movie

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After seeing Moana, I decided that it is a movie that anybody could relate to. I think that anybody could make a connection with Moana and her love for the ocean, her grandmother, or her village. The movie is cute and funny, the songs are incredible, and it can teach viewers a couple of valuable lessons as well. I know my opinion doesn’t essentially matter, but I’d give the movie a 10/10.

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