Moana (PG)



Musical (2016)
113mins US

Starring: Jemaine Clement, Dwayne Johnson, Alan Tudyk, Auli'i Cravalho, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison
Director: Ron Clements, John Musker, Don Hall, Chris Williams
Writer(s): Jared Bush
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Moana Waialiki is the daughter of Chief Tui and has been groomed since birth to lead her people on the island of Motunui. However, she feels a strong calling to the sea. Moana's wise grandmother Tala fills the girl's head with wild stories about the demi-god Maui, who stole the heart of the island goddess Te Fiti and lost this precious green stone during a battle with ferocious lava demon Te Ka. The old woman encourages Moana to seek out Maui and restore Te Fiti's missing heart in order to bring prosperity to the island.

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Moana (PG)

The female empowerment of Frozen gets a colourful Polynesian makeover in the joyful rites-of-passage animation Moana, peppered with infectious songs composed by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa'i and Mark Mancina. Directors Ron Clements and John Musker, who previously fashioned The Little Mermaid and Aladdin, rediscover their golden touch on land and at sea, with breathtaking visuals including dazzling water effects. They also wedge tongues firmly in cheek by poking fun at the lead character's stern assertion that she isn't an archetypal Disney heroine. "If you wear a dress and have an animal sidekick, you're a princess," quips a demi-god, who joins her on this memorable odyssey into the magical unknown...

Moana. Copyright: 2016 Disney. Caption: Tenacious teenager Moana (voice of Auli'i Cravalho) recruits a demi-god named Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson) to help her to become a master wayfinder. All Rights Reserved.The key message of Frozen - that girls don't need a handsome prince to achieve their happily ever after - is reaffirmed and the script incorporates the now obligatory smattering of pop culture references, like when the same demi-god scrawls a message with a rooster and deadpans, "When you write with a bird, it's called tweeting!" The songbook might lack a karaoke earworm akin to Let It Go - parents, you can breathe easy - but the film still boasts some terrific compositions, particularly the solo offerings of Miranda, who won numerous Tony awards for the musical Hamilton.

Moana Waialiki (voiced by Auli'i Cravalho) is the daughter of Chief Tui (Temuera Morrison) and has been groomed since birth to lead her people on the island of Motunui. However, she feels a strong calling to the sea which angers her father, who believes the tropical paradise can sustain their tribe. Moana's wise grandmother Tala (Rachel House) fills the girl's head with wild stories about the demi-god Maui, who stole the heart of the island goddess Te Fiti and lost this precious green stone during a battle with ferocious lava demon Te Ka. The old woman encourages Moana to seek out Maui and restore Te Fiti's missing heart in order to bring prosperity to the island. With the wind in her sail and a witless rooster called Heihei (Alan Tudyk) by her side, Moana ventures over the reef for the first time in search of Maui (Dwayne Johnson).

Moana is another solid gold hit from Disney's animation studio, marrying self-realisation and broad comedy to dizzying effect. A trippy interlude with a singing coconut crab (Jemaine Clement) in the underwater Realm of the Monsters is a highlight, including one groovy lyric that rhymes demi-god with decapod. Johnson embraces his role with comic gusto, including a fine rendition of the self-congratulatory anthem You're Welcome, and Cravalho imbues her gung-ho seafarer with tenderness and determination. Moana is preceded by Leo Matsuda's exquisite animated short Inner Workings, which journeys inside the body of one hapless office worker to explore the literal battle between head and heart for supremacy.

- Kim Hu

Moana. Copyright: 2016 Disney. Caption: Tenacious teenager Moana (voice of Auli'i Cravalho) recruits a demi-god named Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson) to help her to become a master wayfinder. All Rights Reserved.


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From Friday 21st April
To Thursday 27th April

- Aberdeen, Vue Aberdeen
- Accrington, Vue Accrington
- Altrincham, Vue Altrincham (Apollo)
- Andover, Odeon Andover
- Aylesbury, Odeon Aylesbury
- Barnstaple, Central Cinema
- Barrow-in-Furness, Vue Barrow (Apollo)
- Basingstoke, Odeon Basingstoke
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bath, Odeon Bath
- Belfast, Odeon Belfast
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
- Birkenhead, Vue Birkenhead
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham Broadway Plaza
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham New Street
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Blackpool, Odeon Blackpool
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bootle, Odeon Liverpool Switch Island
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bracknell, Odeon Bracknell
- Bradford, Odeon Leeds-Bradford
- Bridgend, Odeon Bridgend
- Bridgwater, Scott Cinemas
- Brighton, Odeon Brighton
- Bristol, Orpheus Henleaze
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bromborough, Odeon Bromborough
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Cardiff, Odeon Cardiff
- Cardiff, Vue Cardiff
- Carlisle, Vue Carlisle
- Carmarthen, Vue Carmarthen (Apollo)
- Chatham, Odeon Chatham
- Chelmsford, Odeon Chelmsford
- Colchester, Odeon Colchester
- Coventry, Odeon Coventry
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Crewe, Odeon Crewe
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Derby, Odeon Derby
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Odeon Blanchardstown
- Dublin, Odeon Charlestown
- Dublin, Odeon Coolock
- Dublin, Odeon Point Village
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Odeon Dudley Merry Hill
- Dundee, Odeon Dundee
- Dunfermline, Odeon Dunfermline
- East Grinstead, Scott Cinemas
- East Kilbride, Odeon East Kilbride
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Fort Kinnaird
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Wester Hailes
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Epsom, Odeon Epsom
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Exmouth, Savoy
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Gateshead, Odeon Metrocentre
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Odeon Glasgow Springfield Quay
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Harrogate, Odeon Harrogate
- Hartlepool, Vue Hartlepool
- Hatfield, Odeon Hatfield
- Hereford, Odeon Hereford
- Huddersfield, Odeon Huddersfield
- Hull, Odeon Hull
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Kettering, Odeon Kettering
- Killarney, Cinema Killarney
- Kilmarnock, Odeon Kilmarnock
- Lancaster, Vue Lancaster
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa (Apollo)
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Odeon Leicester
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Limerick, Odeon Limerick
- Lincoln, Odeon Lincoln
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Llanelli, Odeon Llanelli
- Loughborough, Odeon Loughborough
- Maidenhead, Odeon Maidenhead
- Maidstone, Odeon Maidstone
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Mansfield, Odeon Mansfield
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Milton Keynes, Odeon Milton Keynes Stadium
- Naas, Odeon Naas
- Neath, The Gwyn Hall
- Newark, Odeon Newark
- Newbridge, Odeon Newbridge
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Newton Abbot, Alexandra Cinema
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Northwich, Odeon Northwich
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Nuneaton, Odeon Nuneaton
- Oldham, Odeon Oldham
- Orpington, Odeon Orpington
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford George Street
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Portlaoise, Odeon Portlaoise
- Portsmouth, Odeon Port Solent
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Preston, Odeon Preston
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Redditch, Vue Redditch (Apollo)
- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Rhyl, Vue Rhyl (Apollo)
- Rochdale, Odeon Rochdale
- Salford, Vue Manchester Lowry
- Salisbury, Odeon Salisbury
- Scunthorpe, Vue Scunthorpe
- Shaftesbury, Shaftesbury Arts Centre
- Sheffield, Odeon Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Southend-on-Sea, Odeon Southend
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stillorgan, Odeon Stillorgan
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stoke-on-Trent, Odeon Stoke
- Stroud, Vue Stroud (Apollo)
- Swadlincote, Odeon Swadlincote
- Swansea, Odeon Swansea
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Tamworth, Odeon Tamworth
- Taunton, Odeon Taunton
- Telford, Odeon Telford
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Trowbridge, Odeon Trowbridge
- Tunbridge Wells, Odeon Tunbridge Wells
- Wallasey, The Light Cinema, New Brighton
- Wallsend, Odeon Silverlink
- Warrington, Odeon Warrington
- Waterford, Odeon Waterford
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Worcester, Odeon Worcester
- Worcester, Vue Worcester
- Worthing, Connaught 2 Screen Cinema
- Wrexham, Odeon Wrexham
- York, Vue York
From Friday 28th April
To Thursday 4th May

- Aberdeen, Vue Aberdeen
- Accrington, Vue Accrington
- Altrincham, Vue Altrincham (Apollo)
- Barnstaple, Central Cinema
- Barrow-in-Furness, Vue Barrow (Apollo)
- Basingstoke, Odeon Basingstoke
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
- Birkenhead, Vue Birkenhead
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bootle, Odeon Liverpool Switch Island
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Cardiff, Vue Cardiff
- Carlisle, Vue Carlisle
- Carmarthen, Vue Carmarthen (Apollo)
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Odeon Point Village
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Odeon Dudley Merry Hill
- Dunfermline, Odeon Dunfermline
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Hartlepool, Vue Hartlepool
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Lancaster, Vue Lancaster
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa (Apollo)
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Preston, Odeon Preston
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Redditch, Vue Redditch (Apollo)
- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Rhyl, Vue Rhyl (Apollo)
- Salford, Vue Manchester Lowry
- Scunthorpe, Vue Scunthorpe
- Sheffield, Odeon Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stoke-on-Trent, Odeon Stoke
- Stroud, Vue Stroud (Apollo)
- Swansea, Odeon Swansea
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Telford, Odeon Telford
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Warrington, Odeon Warrington
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Worcester, Vue Worcester
- York, Vue York


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