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Movie Review: ‘Moana’ Sings and Sails with Adventurous Animation

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[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t has been exactly a week since I saw Moana and the musical number “You’re Welcome” is still stuck in my head. I don’t remember it being a particularly great song at the time, sung by Dwayne Johnson who wasn’t exactly born to sing. But here I am still batting around the melody in my memory. Perhaps it really is a great song and I’ll be changing my mind a year from now.

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Disney hits the high seas of Polynesia.

Directors Ron Clements and John Musker have done it again as they have with The Little Mermaid and Aladdin, creating animated movies that are undeniably memorable in one way or another. Moana is no exception as another stellar effort from these veteran Disney directors, aided by the talent of songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda of Hamilton stage fame.

The film is a testament to both the classic traditions of the best Disney pictures and Walt Disney Studio’s commitment to original content. Centered on Polynesian mythology, there’s a magical stone, the Heart of Te Fiti, that must be returned to a goddess before the entire world is rid of life from a black plague that affects the sea and food. The young and plucky Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) takes it upon herself to both live her dream of sailing the seas and save her tribe, despite sailing being a big taboo of her protective chief father.

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The dream team.

She’d much rather be out to sea than struggling to be someone else on land. Her gentle-yet-crazy grandma can see she’s meant for grander things and helps push her off the island to find her destiny, save her tribe and all that classic hero jazz. She’s not exactly the most memorable of female heroines with her rather standard arc of an adventuring itch coupled with moments of awkward “who me?” comedy. There’s enough to like about her and her journey – I just wish there was more to her than just being the chosen one.

To stand a chance on her quest filled with all sorts of monsters, she enlists the help of demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson), a cocky warrior primarily responsible for the dire situation of cursed seas. He’s incredibly reluctant and full of himself, covered entirely by living tattoos of his boast-worthy adventures, but agrees to aid Moana in exchange for retrieving his magical fishhook that grants him the ability to transform into any animal. Johnson plays the beefy Maui with the right amount of smug and wit, a magnificent recovery from his previously embarrassing voice work on Planet 51. And the more I listen to his song, his singing voice is not too shabby. It will either grow on me or annoy me if it reaches the same levels of popularity as Frozen’s “Let It Go.”

Related: ‘Moana’ Out-Muscles ‘Fantastic Beasts’ in Weekend Revenue Race

Per the Disney tradition for these adventure pictures, which Disney playfully mocks in a few knowing jabs, Moana has some animal companions. A chicken follows Moana onto her boat and becomes a walleyed icon of comic relief, shrieking in terror upon witnessing the sea and stupidly stumbling off into the water every chance he can get. A white pig acts as a puppy for Moana, but is mostly kicked to the side as there isn’t much comedy to derive from such a character. He’ll probably make a better plush toy than a sidekick.

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It wouldn’t be a Disney film without some animal companions.

Moana features a lot of magic and mysticism, but plays very fast and loose with some of this logic. On her quest, Moana is given help at certain times by the sea itself, lending a helping hand by keeping everyone on the boat. But that’s all the sea appears to do, despite clearly having a personality in how it keeps the chicken safe and cocks a liquid head in amusement. Can the sea understand Moana’s language? It doesn’t seem to respond when she angrily insults it by stating that fish pee in the sea.

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Movie Magic: The De-Aging Technique of The Irishman

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Robert DeNiro de-agedHave you read Izzy yet? If so, you know that Izzy makes the apples that give the Gods their youth and immortality. It also seems Robert De Niro discovered one of Izzy’s apples too… In Martin Scorsese’s upcoming biographical film, he stars as Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, a labor union leader and alleged hitman for the Bufalino crime family. The trailer for the movie, which will premieres NEXT WEEK (!), also features a “de-aged” De Niro. “We’re so used to watching them as the older faces,” Scorsese said in an interview on the A24 podcast. “Does it change the eyes at all? …If that’s the case, what was in the eyes that I liked? Was it intensity? Was it gravitas? Was it threat?…How do we get that? I don’t know.” Some might consider this magic and I for one can’t wait to see the impact of Izzy’s apples on screen for myself. ????

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“Captain Marvel” Retains Top Slot at the Box Office

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It’s no surprise that in its second weekend, the first Marvel Cinematic Universe of 2019 is still riding high. Captain Marvel, the latest in the MCU with Brie Larson starring as the lead, generated another $69 million over the weekend, placing its domestic total at $266 million. Tallying up the international box office, the film’s global total to date is $760 million. Despite the online controversy, the film is looking to be another strong box office smash for Disney and Marvel.

As for the premieres for the weekend, and there were plenty, they were all over the map. Just below Captain Marvel was the animated adventure Wonder Park, bringing in $16 million, another film with controversy when the director’s name was removed from the picture after sexual harassment charges. Five Feet Apart, the dying teen drama about a romance amid cystic fibrosis, only came in at #3 with a weekend gross of $13 million. And debuting the lowest in the top 10 for debuts was Captive State, a sci-fi dystopian tale, only making $3 million. The film debuted so low the little film No Manches Frida 2 was able to sneak about it at #6 with a gross of $3.8 million.

Drops were fairly low all around for the returning films, mostly because Captain Marvel was dominating the previous weekend. The only milestone worth noting is that The LEGO Movie 2, after six weeks at the box office, finally cracked $100 million. And the sun is now setting on Green Book’s post-Oscar run by coming in at #10 for the final weekend of its top 10 run over the past few weeks.

View the full top ten weekend box office results below:

Captain Marvel ($69,318,000)

Wonder Park ($16,000,000)

Five Feet Apart ($13,150,000)

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($9,345,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($8,085,000)

No Manches Frida 2 ($3,894,000)

Captive State ($3,163,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($2,135,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($1,900,000)

Green Book ($1,277,000)

Next weekend, Captain Marvel may very well have some competition when Jordan Peele’s new horror film Us hits over 3,600 theaters.

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“Dragon” Continues To Soar, “Funeral” Close Behind, “Green Book” Back

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With little competition for the weekend, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the third in the animated fantasy saga, was able to secure the box office once more. In its second weekend, the animated epic made $30 million to push its domestic total to $97 million. So far the film has done about the same as the previous film and is on track to stay in the top 10 for a few more weeks in March.

Debuts this weekend were small with one big exception. Tyler Perry’s latest Madea film, A Madea Family Funeral, naturally made a relatively big splash with its dedicated audience. Starting at #2, the film made $27 million for its first weekend. No word on the budget yet but it’s most likely on a budget as most Tyler Perry productions are, so it’s safe to call this a success, especially for debuting with a box office so close to Dragon.

The rest of the premieres were not as strong at all. Greta, the new thriller starring Chloe Moretz, debuted all the way down at #8 with $4.5 million box office. To be fair, however, the film was in a constant battle for its spot as three other films also reported earnings around $4 million for the weekend. Of note, Green Book, fresh off winning the Academy Award for Best Picture one weekend ago, splashed back into more theaters to arise even higher in the top 10 with its domestic total now sitting at $73 million. Don’t count on it remaining there long as bigger blockbusters will be swooping as we plow through the last remnants of winter movies.

Check out the full listing of the top 10 box office weekend results below:

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($30,046,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($27,050,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($7,000,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($6,615,000)

Green Book ($4,711,000)

Fighting With My Family ($4,691,284)

Isn’t it Romantic ($4,645,000)

Greta ($4,585,000)

What Men Want ($2,700,000)

Happy Death Day 2U ($2,516,000)

Next weekend is once again all about Marvel as their latest superhero solo film, Captain Marvel, will be appearing in 4,100 theaters.

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