My daughters and I went to see the new Disney movie "Moana" not once but twice this past holiday weekend. It was that good. What I loved about the movie was that the lead female role, Moana, didn't have a love interest and she didn't feign the typical "damsel in distress" role that needed saving by a man. Not to say that's a bad thing. Hey, us ladies like that occasionally. But it was refreshing to see a young woman take on some fierce independence and navigate some stormy waters to discover perseverance and strength within herself - becoming the heroine of her own life. This is exactly the sort of story line I prefer to have my daughters watch. I don't want them to think that the path to happiness is to find their Prince Charming, he'll sweep them off their feet and it will be happily ever-after. No. I want them to find happiness within themselves, chase their own dreams and if a great "Prince" comes along at some point - he'll compliment their life - not define it.

Dewayne "The Rock" Johnson does his role as Maui justice. He's a demigod that really messes up. Auli'l Cravalho saves the day as Moana. She was discovered for her incredible golden pipes and was the very last girl to audition. Her reaction when she got the part is priceless.

The movie is a perfect dose of humor for kids and adults. The soundtrack will get you out of your chairs. All around, this movie is a must-see! I plan to purchase the DVD when it comes out.

Here's the trailer for your viewing pleasure. Let me know what  you think of the movie when you go see it.


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