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Bow down to Moana

Kinda like Frozen, but without the bangers



Like Frozen, Moana is a princess story. Also like Frozen, it has been mismarketed to hide the fact that it’s a female empowerment story. (Unlike Frozen, its songs won’t attach themselves to the backside of your brain.) Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) is heir to the chiefdom of Motunui, a Polynesian island her people haven’t left for a very long time. But she wants to get out in the world. She gets her chance when to save the island she must find the demi-god Maui (Dwayne Johnson) and with him return a stone to the sea and reverse the curse Maui incurred when he stole it 1,000 years previous. Moana must learn to sail, fight and do all sorts of things on the fly. Maui rescues her once, but she’s no damsel—we watch a young woman come into her self and the power bestowed on her by tradition and the literal ocean. And there’s no whiff of a love interest.

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