Disney's newest animated musical is only a couple weeks away from bowing for general audiences, but many critics have already seen it. What does the movie's first audience think of Moana? Well, the cheers for Disney's newest princess appear to be nearly universal. Disney has another hit on their hands, the only real question is, will the tropical princess become as big a star as the last one who lived in the ice castle?
The Hollywood Reporter starts the praise parade with a glowing review that doesn't so much as imply that there's anything at all wrong with Moana. The animation, the story, and the voice cast are all given high praise. Scott Mendelson from Forbes is equally supporting of Moana. He praises the film for actually making some improvements over what the studio did with Frozen. Both in the case of the music, which contains some elements the previous musical was missing, and in terms of animation. _Moana's _ characters are much more realistic when it comes to how their bodies were animated. If there's anything wrong with it, it may be that the film is too similar to previous Disney adventures.
Entertainment Weekly also goes all in on the story of a Polynesian princess who goes in search of a demi-god to help her save her home.
There's one way in which Moana is very different from Disney's previous engagements, however. Both Entertainment Weekly and Variety point out one massive change with traditional Disney heroines. In Variety's words...
Of course, while reviews are generally positive. They're not perfect. Indiewire doesn't think that The Rock's self-aware humor lands as well as others do.
Meanwhile, The Guardian says that while the setting of Moana may be something new, the story told there is not.
It would seem that in the grand scheme of things Moana is set to be another hit from Disney. Following a couple of billion dollar success stories with Frozen and Zootopia, it remains to be seen if the new princess will enjoy quite that level of success. We'll find out when Moana hits theaters November 23.