Yesterday the Oscar nominations were announced and as a result, my Oscar’s challenge started. This is something I do every year, I try to watch every film that is nominated for Best Picture and then I move on to the rest of the categories. As this blog is about both book and movie reviews, I decided to “share” my challenge with you. One other thing is, that I love watching Disney movies and I usually get obsessed with them. I have been wanting to see Moana for some time but as it is also nominated for Best Animated Feature Film, I decided that it is the perfect start for this year’s challenge.
When I think about this film, the words that come immediately in mind are; colours, songs, warmth. This film really made me feel warm inside even if winter is all around me. Disney managed to create a non-conventional female character for one more time and definitely succeeded in doing so. Moana has independence and dynamism. There is no love story in this film and before asking yourselves if this is good or not, let me just say that she doesn’t need a love story.
Moana is a character who tries to discover one of the most important aspects in the life of a person; who s/he is. She revolts when it comes to her parents but she does it because she feels the need to do so, because she needs to go on an adventure alone. An adventure that represents the passage from childhood to maturity.
I believe it is essential for children to discover new unconventional characters and escape the princess who needs saving prototype. Girls can save themselves, their families and their people as other movies have also shown. Apart from that, everyone in whatever age, should really look inside themselves and think of who they are and what their values are, as what our families or society have in mind concerning what one should do with their life may not be what they actually want to do.
Last but not least, the songs included are amazing. I can’t stop listening to the soundtrack since yesterday that I watched the movie. The songs (one of them is actually also nominated for Best Original Song), are written in order to make you feel better, get up and dance, smile and escape to the warmth of an island. I definitely recommend it, for all ages and especially for rainy or days that everything seems wrong.