Day 74. 123,730 words.
(Reviewer’s note: I am not adding images to this review, and probably won’t bother in future. Google image search has gimpversioned itself to death and basically made it a huge pain in the arse to find images of decent size and quality that don’t breach sharing agreements, so fuck ‘em)
Not having seen this movie either for some unfathomable reason (although Wump did reveal that she’d seen it at the cinema with mommo, the fact that she was happy to sit through it again was enough to tell me that it was alright), the other day we sat down to watch Moana. Or, as it’s called in Europe for some reason, Vaiana.
My original assumption, which was that the main character’s name was Moana and that’s why the movie was called that and the “translation” to Vaiana made no sense, was shattered by the main character’s name being revealed to be Vaiana. So it was Moana that made no sense!
Don’t worry, USians. I’m getting there.
In fact, the movie was dubbed both ways, so the name of the main character and the name of the movie remains perfectly consistent. She’s Moana in some places, and Vaiana in others. I didn’t quite get to the bottom of why, but it was something to do with copyrights and trademarks. Also moana being a brand of ice cream in Romania, and Moana being a famous porn star in Spain.
None of which really makes much difference to the movie.
I really enjoyed this one too. It had some great characters, some nice reversals of expectations while still maintaining that familiar set of Disney tropes. And some great voice performances from the cast. But we all knew that The Rock could sing.
Yes, a very enjoyable movie, great songs, and a few laugh-out-loud moments. I didn’t find anything to be dissatisfied with, although I am admittedly an uncritical movie watcher. Oh, Alan Tudyk was in the movie, but he played like “Villager #2”. I would have liked him to have more of a role … but I don’t know, maybe this was an intentional move to not make it all about The Alan Tudyk Character. Which happens – to me at least, because I love him – in every movie where he has a role.
As an amusing link-up to yesterday’s movie review, Jemaine Clement of Flight of the Conchords fame provided the voice of Tamatoa in this movie, and did a pretty good job. He also voiced the Fleshlumpeater in The BFG. So there was that. Oh, he’s also a friend of Taika Waititi and they performed together, but they’re both New Zealanders so that checks out.
Another great movie. Go check it out on, uh, Netflix or on DVD or download or stream it from somewhere, I don’t know. By the time I finish writing this review, the technology and platform will have changed again so why bother.
This movie earned a Vaiana out of a possible Moana.