Moana – Doug Reviews

Another smash hit for Disney, but is it the thrilling adventure people are looking for?

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tastetherainbowmothafuka
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tastetherainbowmothafuka

I was really looking forward to this one I was ready to love it. But yeah, it felt pretty standard and predictable. Not that it wasn’t enjoyable and fun, but I don’t really understand why people are claiming its one of the most amazing things ever. Plus I think it had some some focus issues that sort of u interrupted the flow.

I’m glad the culture is getting some mainstream representation tho. People say I look like Moana 🙂 Good movie, but still kind of by numbers.

thebestoftherest
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so the turtle is a big lip alligator moment.

Megalodon
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The (ahem) CRAB, Tamatoa, is more like a video game level. They need to go there for a real reason, they need to get something from him, and they have to battle/escape him to be able to move on. Not pointless. And, you know, it was fun.

AdamPyre
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Honestly I loved Tamatoa’s song. I don’t think it’s the best song in the movie, but I loved it. Jermaine Clements did a kind of strange but kind of fun David Bowie inspired performance, and I thought that was a cool way to tribute to what I assume was one of his musical influences. There’s even a moment where Tamatoa makes a very David Bowie esque expression and I thought that was cool. It’s totally a strange scene though. The song is all over the place as far as subject matter is concerned. first he’s singing about Moana’s grandma, then… Read more »
Bosch
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I get where you’re coming from and I agree with some of your points (particularly that cliche with Maui which I’m sick to death of). For me the unique culture and atmosphere was enough to compensate for the “checklist” predictable story. The movie’s drenched in Polynesian folklore which I found really engrossing. And I don’t think you gave enough credit to the animation. The ending as you said is absolutely superb (it reminded me of Fantasia 2000), but the animation throughout particularly with regards to the tangibility of the ocean itself made this the best looking animated film this year… Read more »
CuriousBadger
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Just wanted to make sure you mean Tamatoa the giant crab and not a giant turtle right?

Camseyeview
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Do you expect him to know about animals at all by now? He apparently doesn’t have time to sit down with Planet Earth or Blue Planet or Life and get caught up on his animal knowledge. Hell, I can’t tell how he thought that thing was a turtle and not a giant crab….turtles don’t have pincers….

Megalodon
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He’s a DECAPOD! (Look it up!)

scalfin
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Also, “ocean” rather than “river.”

jnicho20
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I thought you were perhaps a little too hard on the movie or at least didn’t give enough credit to what the movie did well. Yes. The checklist really, really weakened the movie, but I thought that the first 40 minutes of the movie (right up until she met Maui) was nearly flawless story telling. The first two songs did so much to establish Moana’s internal conflict while also showing that her father’s basic outlook was actually based in wisdom even if too rigid. I thought Moana was a WONDERFULLY three dimensional character. She loves her island and wants to… Read more »
Anon Tumahab
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I thought the movie was a bit…formulaic myself. I kept looking at Moana and imagining Judy Hopps or Anna superimposed over her and I thought: “Yup, I can totally see that character saying these things and doing these actions.” Nevertheless, I did notice a couple differences from the standard Disney formula. 1. No orphans here…Moana has both parents and still has ’em at the end. 2. Moana and Maui don’t pair up at the end, even as “partners”. That aside, my favorite part was the crab monster. And I couldn’t overlook the fact the entire plot was unnecessary. (SPOILER ALERT)… Read more »
ultimateclima
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The movie “addresses” your spoiler concern somewhat in the film and even acknowledges it.

I have theories as to why it was the case, but all of it is not implied heavily enough even though logically I think my rationale makes sense.

ultimateclima
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The directors of Moana were the same people as Princess and the Frog, so I totally get where Doug’s coming from when he’s saying the movie is formulaic. They have so much history in using that formula that it does become repetitive. They know the motions because they’ve gone through it many a times. And I do think that the reason Doug isn’t giving Moana a pass though is the same reason why most people will love Moana, because it’s a callback to the formula in many a sense, and it’s the formula done “right” whereas arguably they didn’t do… Read more »
ultimateclima
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That all said, here’s where I disagree with Doug. First of all, it bothers me that Doug never acknowledges that the Father character has a very good rationale for being the father figure that doesn’t want his daughter to do a certain thing. He saw his best friend die. Admittedly, I even think the movie doesn’t give it as much focus as it deserves, but that’s a totally understandable reason why the father’s the way he is. Secondly, it irks me greatly how he talks about how the movie follows the “Disney Checklist”, but then completely hates the fact that… Read more »
AStrangeBeing
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Dude, at least the villain isn’t another “Hey, look a good guy, what, he’s a bad guy! Didn’t see that coming!” cliché. But yeah, Disney has huge problems with villains these days, even Kylo Ren sucks. Every time he comes on screen, I expect to hear Simple Plan’s “How Could This Happen To Me!”.

Hardback247
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Please not another Kylo Ren hater. And The Force Awakens was technically made by Lucasfilm.

AStrangeBeing
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Marvel makes Marvel films, too. Doesn’t stop the comment above me from saying what he/she said, and I have the right to my opinion.

slashmaster28
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Yeah, this is the reason I was generally okay with the villains not being a major part of the film. (That and I always find it commendable when a family film doesn’t feel like it has to have a main villain) I like surprise villains reveals, but Disney’s done that 4 times in a row now. It’s nice to see them stray away from that this time around.

scalfin
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Even without his history, the father had a perfectly good rationale: the open ocean is too intense for the equipment and skills the village had. Moana was friends with the ocean, and even she only survived due to plot armor.

happymel
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I may see Moana this weekend. I usually am apathetic to Disney but I love pretty visuals.

taykel
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I have yet to see Zootopia so maybe that’s why I’ve enjoyed Moana a lot. Yeah, the cliches were nearly noticeable but I liked it.

Camseyeview
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I get where you are coming from, but I really dont’ agree and you come off like you didn’t do a lot of research or really care about how well done the movie was. Nope! you got too distracted by one element that shouldn’t be distracting.

Don’t know really how you can say how Moana is predictable and yet you don’t criticize the issues with Frozen or Kung Fu Panda 3. Those are two good movies, but Kung Fu Panda 3 isn’t perfect. Same with Frozen.

Hardback247
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How could you possibly mistake a crab for a turtle? The two animals don’t look remotely similar. I think you really need to get those glasses of yours checked.

scalfin
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Even more that how formulaic the film is, the thing holding Moana back was the titular character. Sure, she was a Strong Female Role Model, but all that means is that she lacked any room for growth and had a character arc that was over by the ten minute mark. There is no difference between the Moana that left on a ship and the Moana that returned beyond the knowledge of a few knots. She even got the same shpiel from her grandmother both times The one opening for growth would have been having her acknowledge that her father was… Read more »
CaptainRoland
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Walker is a very common last name isn’t it.

CaptainRoland
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Walker is a common last name in the Anglophonic world. Also you critics are never satisfied, that’s why I became like that.

doomdragon6
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Here were my thoughts that I typed up recently: I think it’s good, all Disney movies are, but it’s not as good as it could have been. The story feels disjointed, plucking along from plot point to plot point with no real cohesion. “This is the starting island. Here’s the part with Maui. Here’s the pirate fight. Here’s the crab scene. Here’s the final battle.” The coconut pirates show up once and are never seen again. The crab is a Big Lipped Alligator Moment, which is mostly fine. The ocean is very picky about when and how it helps Moana.… Read more »
PixelRelated
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My big issue with the movie is the first act. The first act is pretty much a formula but as soon as Maui shows up it gets much more interesting. To me, the animation was one of the biggest elements of it. Im not talking about the detail of the animation, but the movement and timing of it. Maui’s movement was really well done and thought out. I do agree the Crab scene was a bit distracting in tone and the slow motion at the end of the movie was out of place, but the movie managec to be entertaining… Read more »
mifi
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Honestly I disagree a lot. I thought the movie had a really fresh take on the “chosen one” narrative. The whole story was, ‘you don’t get chosen, you choose to do something.” You say that the grandmother was only there to say ‘you can do it’, but she doesn’t, she let’s Moana decide she wants to do it before ever encouraging her. And so often you get people pushing their own agenda, it’s really refreshing to see a character that was going to support Moana for whatever she choose, even if it was staying on the island. I also like… Read more »
AdamPyre
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SPOILERS FOR ANYONE READING COMMENTS

The Chicken did save the heart of Te Fiti at the end, seemingly after spending his whole life being fascinated by (and swallowing) rocks. Not the best through line, but it is there.

mobredon
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I’ve been a little disappointed that I’ve seen several reviews of Moana and not a single one has mentioned the “We Know the Way” scene. When I think of this movie, that’s the first scene that comes to mind. It’s so grand and huge! Especially seeing it on the big screen. Just the entrance to the scene, where the giant boat peaks over the wave is just so exciting to me!

eworm
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Am I the only one who loved the “animal sidekick” this time around more than any other one ever? I was scared they’d have the boring “smiley and supportive” pig around, but they ditched it – and instead they gave us a Retarded Rooster. And it was great BECAUSE it didn’t do anything helpful. It wasn’t a sympathetic “character” that cheered the protagonist up when they were down or helped them achieve the great goal – no, it was a dumb chicken that was brought along by mistake and was in no way a “character” whether it helped or got… Read more »
TheHonorLord
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I’m ok with the Disney formula. I go into a Disney movie expecting it. With that said I was more aware of it this time around than with some other recent Disney movies, but that didn’t keep me from enjoying the movie at all. I LOVED seeing a totally different culture that they haven’t been brave enough to tackle before now. And I also would have seen this movie anyway for the simple fact that it had a woman of color as the main character. Although Doug is right in everything he says about the movie, I think Disney was… Read more »
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