I have a young daughter, and I don’t know why it took me so long, but I just recently watched “Moana” with her, and that movie rules.
I have stated that, as a father of a girl, I want her to see strong female leads. “Moana” has that tenfold. Of course we have Moana herself, and I feel like she’s a great role model. She strong, curious, independent, a rule breaker and a fighter. She stands up for herself too. She’s a very strong willed, and well meaning person. I love how much my daughter loves her. She’s wearing a dress with her on it as I type this. Alongside Moana there is her grandma. She’s the one that pushes Moana to be her true self. She tells her that the sea needs her, and that she needs to be the one to get their island back to where it used to be, when it was thriving. The villain is a girl too, but I found myself thinking what she was doing was not so bad, and when Moana does win, the villain immediately turns back to the good side. But she is strong as hell.
Outside of all the great female characters in the movie, The Rock is great as Maui. He’s full of himself, he can sing and he does, eventually, do the right thing. I also like Jermaine Clement as the Crab. His one scene, and song “Shiny”, makes for one of my favorite moments of the movie. The music is wonderful as well. The songs are beautiful and moving. I believe Lin Manuel Miranda wrote a good amount of them, and he’s a hell of a writer. The song about the old tribe in particular is glorious. I get goosebumps every time I hear it. And the girl that voices Moana can really sing. The animation is as colorful as a rainbow.
“Moana” is good in pretty much every aspect. I really enjoyed it. I recommend it to everyone, but especially dads with daughters. It’s really good.
Ty is the Pop Culture editor for SeedSing and the other host of the X Millennial Man Podcast. Now that Ty has a daughter he is trying to ehance his knowledge of Prince with some knowledge of Princesses. Have fun Ty
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