It’s been a few years now since I read the book, but from what I can remember, the movie did a good job of staying true to the book. I got worried at the end, when the credits started, but the extra scene did pop up, showing the happy family with their son and Anna pregnant with another child. They didn’t show the red room scene with Anna pregnant, but I can forgive that, it may not have been well received with audiences.
What made the movie work so well, was how the cast seemed to be enjoying themselves, at least the main character Anna was. She truly seemed happy in the scenes where she was supposed to be happy. Otherwise, the film continues to be what the book is, an inflated soap opera with a good budget. Fans of the book should enjoy the movie, because as I said, it stays true. Out of all the book to screen adaptations I’ve seen, this one is probably one of best I’ve seen at not changing much from the book. I would think that comes from the fact the book itself played out like a television soap opera, so the translation to a screenplay was likely easier for it than most books.
If you’re looking for a romance, this isn’t really going to tug on your heart strings. But if you like soap operas and don’t mind some nudity, then the movie is worth watching.
To read my review and movie/book comparison of the first Fifty Shades of Grey click here.
The same people who made “The Little Mermaid” and “Pocahontas” created “Moana.” If you see the movie in theaters you’ll learn this fun factoid because the makers of the movie do a little “thanks for seeing this in the theater” speech before the film begins. Gotta love it when they do that. Armed with that knowledge, I noticed a few similarities between the films. I mean, there’s the obvious bit about all three being focused on a strong woman as the lead character. But what makes this movie stand out is the fact… there is no romance!!
Throughout the entire film there is a bit of chemistry between Moana and the demi god she is searching for, Maui, but unlike most fairy tales, the two do not fall for each other. They both help each other learn, grow, and become better people, then go off to fulfill their own destinies. I love the message this sends. Not all quests or stories need to be about finding your true love. You don’t need that to be happy. At least, that was the message I got from it.
I don’t think Moana is going to be as popular as the big hitters Disney has made, but I do think its a great tale and has good lessons for us all. Plus, the animation is amazing. I cannot believe how well the water was designed. Oh, how far we have come in the animation world. So… go see it!!
Oh, its good for all ages too, nothing too scary, just some fight scenes, which are really just people jumping around. Not many boring periods either. All of the kids watching it when I went were well entertained.