Review of Moana

Moana Waialiki is a sea voyaging enthusiast and the only daughter of a chief in a long line of navigators. When her island’s fishermen can’t catch any fish and the crops fail, she learns that the demigod Maui caused the blight by stealing the heart of the goddess, Te Fiti. The only way to heal the island is to persuade Maui to return Te Fiti’s heart, so Moana sets off on an epic journey across the Pacific

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Moana is a Disney movie that I watched two days ago.  Moana is about a girl who goes on an adventure when she is called to put back the heart of Te Fiti, but first she must found the demigod, Maui, but it isn’t going to be easy. First, her dad does not anyone on her island to go beyond the reef and second, Maui is very reluctant once Moana finds him once she finds him. When the heart was stolen, darkness existed and the demigod Te Fiti turned into a demon called Te Ka.

The only person who encourages Moana to go on this journey is her grandma. Her grandma believes in her more than anybody. Just like many Disney movies, Moana leaves her island without her father’s position. But that was the only way to go on her adventure. Moana is very strong and determined and in order to find Maui she must follow the hook in the sky. Maui honestly at first does not want to return to the heart at all. Eventually Maui decides to adventure with Moana to help return the heart.

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Moana is a good movie especially for children. It has incredible songs especially “How Far I’ll Go”. There are Polynesian songs at times and that makes you learn of Moana’s culture. “How Far I’ll Go” shows just how determined Moana is and shows that she will eventually do the deed that she been called to do. Moana gives a wonderful message of discovering who you are and not letting anyone not let who be who you are and Moana discovers who she is throughout the movie and her father does not want her to truly be who she is, but that does not stop her from being who she truly is. It is about to never give up on your dreams and when the roads tough to keep going forward and Moana shows that throughout her journey. She constantly is arguing with her father, she has to put up with how reluctant Maui is and then they have to face Ta Ka. It is about learning from your mistakes as well and that is something that Maui learns at at the end.

Excitement Found in Musicals

Of all musical emotions, excitement is the emotion that hasn’t been changed one bit. Of course, it wasn’t the only main emotion found in the musicals I grew up with. Those other emotions were joy, love, and sad. But those three emotions changed a lot over the years especially in the more recent years due to heartbreak being discovered.

I remember growing up and associating musicals with a certain melody. That type of nature belonged to the exciting numbers. Those numbers have a habit of having spectacle or dance involved. Two of the most unique things about musicals are dance and spectacle. Growing up, I referred to the exciting numbers as “full of life”. But now that phrase belongs to an entire musical. Just like songs add something to the experience, so does dance and spectacle.

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Excitement has never once been altered. It is felt exactly the same way as it was felt in my younger years. One of the best parts about the exciting numbers is when the song reaches the point where the melody becomes fast. I have a vision when it comes to musicals and spectacle and dance are part of my vision.

Some shows found with dance or spectacle include Pippin, Newsies, Wicked, Lion King, Beauty and the Beast and Singing in the Rain. I associate the word, showtune, with exciting numbers especially the dance and spectacle numbers. Spectacle has existed in many forms. When I saw Newsies in August, I was looking forward to the dance because the show had Tony Award Winning Choreography and the dance ended up being mind-blowing. I find dance to be a kind of spectacle.

I feel like dance and spectacle helps with believability. In Wicked, the spectacle and dances helps you believe you are in OZ. In Beauty and the Beast, it makes you believe you are in an enchanted castle and the dance and spectacle in Lion King makes you believe you are in the wild of Africa.

There is no way excitement can be altered at all. It still hasn’t gone through a massive change. However, there are some exciting numbers that are not dance or spectacle oriented or have that quick of a melody. “Masquerade” and “One Day More” are two exciting numbers that are different than other exciting numbers. “Masquerade” has the dance and spectacle, but the melody is slow, but still feel exciting. “One Day More” is one of the best act one closers, but that exciting number doesn’t have dance or spectacle and the melody is quite powerful, epic, and passionate. So there are a few expectations to the regular nature of excitement.

Strength of being Brave, Strong, and Smart

You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think

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Humans are a very unique species. Sometimes we don’t believe in ourselves as much as we should. Sometimes it is easy to truly know how brave or strong or smart we really are. We are one of the most advanced species on this planet. As a college student, it is easy to forget how hard college is. To get through college, you have to get though academics and the social experience. Sometimes you have to do things outside your comfort zone.

The quote above is so true when it comes to life. Sometimes in dark times, it is hard to see the strength inside of us. In college, it is easy to forget how smart we are. Studying can drive you nuts in college and it can be hard to find the right motivation. You have to be so independent in order to thrive at college. Sometimes you even have to have courage during a really tough assignment. Courage means something different to everyone. Courage can mean taking risks in times of danger or it can mean to do things outside your comfort zone.

Next time, you don’t really believe in yourself or feel weak or feel not that smart, just remember the quote above. I know that I am braver I think I am and stronger than I think I am. I know I am a smart. determined, hardworking, optimistic student. Sometimes college just pulls you down and makes you feel less smart than you really are. Don’t let anyone stop you from being who you really are.

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Staying True to Yourself

What makes you different makes you beautiful

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One thing I think is highly important is staying true to yourself. Everyone is different and that is what makes us special and unique. Everyone was born for a different reason and we all have different tastes, beliefs, dreams, and goals in life. We all have different personality traits and strengths and weaknesses. 

When you stay true to yourself, you are quite unique. There is nothing wrong with being different and there is no need to be “normal”. What is “normal” anyway? I don’t feel like there is a “normal” because the world will be boring if we all were exactly the same. We were born with different gifts and we need to use those to our advantage. Sometimes it can be hard to known what our God-given gifts are, but you will somehow discover them. It takes a lot of soul-searching to truly discover who you.

Discovery of Musicals

One of the best things about being a musical fan is discovering what a musical is capable of. Growing up, I basically discovered what a musical is able to do on a basic level. Through the ones I grew up with, there was dance, spectacle, positive and negative emotions and those emotions were excitement, love, joy, and sad and I even was able to learn that musicals are known for giving you an emotional connection. I even learned that all musicals were happy, but later I discovered that statement was not even true to begin with.

I especially love discovering musicals now because musicals are capable of even more than they were capable of when I was younger. Out of the blue, tragic musicals decided to enter my life. I did believe the all musicals were happy, but I think the tragic musicals picked the right timing to enter my life. It is also even ironic what tragic musical I fell in love with first. It might seem like Les Mis was part of my life first, but it actually was Rent even though I realized Rent was sad after I learned Les Mis was tragic. I fell in love with Rent by listening to the songs through Pandora in Fall of 2012 and did not even know the plot, but I knew I just had to see the stage show live, which still hasn’t happened, but next year it is finally coming to my hometown and I asked Santa to give me tickets to see it next year.

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I started really loving discovering what musicals were capable of when Les Mis entered my life. I first saw that movie in December of 2012 and I was so confused and shocked when that musical entered my life. I was kind of reluctant to see the movie because the preview wasn’t that convincing, but I went anyways just to listen to “I Dreamed a Dream”. Right after Fantine died, I realized Les MIs was tragic and I was thinking “wait a minute, musicals can be tragic”! I just didn’t know what to do and so as result I watched the rest of the movie in such shock that I just had a hard time paying attention. By the end, I only remembered hearing “I Dreamed a Dream”, “Master of the House”, and “Do You Hear the People”. “Do You Hear the People Sing” was stuck in my head and it still is today. So after watching that movie for the first time, I was thinking “did I just learn to like a tragedy?” However I really did not know if I liked it or not.

But I still went straight and started researching the musical almost as if Les Mis was supposed to become part of my life. I decided to give the movie a second chance and I was able to calm down and truly pay attention and thats when I started crying and that time was when I knew that there was something special about Les Mis. During the first time, I think my soul was moved while I wasn’t. But during this second time, I was fully moved and knew that I found something very special in this musical and wanted to know why I felt uplifted so I started digging even deeper into the musical. I later learned it was truly a story about hope, compassion, love, forgiveness, sacrifice, humanity and redemption.

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Ever since Les Mis, I was more interested in discovering what a musical is capable of especially in the emotions. Though Les Mis, I realized that musical emotions were more capable than I originally thought. Les Mis just is that kind of musical that is uniquely more powerful and covered with more emotions than any other musical I discovered. The Les MIs emotions I know exist are passion, excitement, love, joy, hope, compassion, forgiveness, uplifting, heartbreak, sad, loneliness, desperation, devastation, depressing, hopeless, uncomfortable, fear, guilt, and anger among many others.

Musicals are more capable than I once thought they are were. That shows how much musicals have grown over the years. Musicals emotions like to mature over time, which makes me feel more vulnerable with musicals as I get older. I even discovered a new kind of spectacle that musicals were capable of, which was circus, which I learned through “Pippin”, which I wanted to see since I listened to “Corner of the Sky” and what I knew about Pippin coming in was the whole circus theme and what Corner of the Sky was about and through the preview and through that song, I was able to guess correctly that Pippin was in fact a musical comedy.

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I even have been able to discover different kinds of dance, which was clearly learned through Newsies this year. It was the first musical I saw where the entire cast was mainly male-based. Different kinds of dance were introduced where boys were jumping high up in the air, over each other , dancing on newspapers and sliding under each other.

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All because of Les Mis, I became more interested in discovering what in the world musicals can truly be capable of. All because of that musical, I was more inserted in discovering those negative emotions and it was not just the negative emotions that changed because the positive emotions seem to change while negative emotions change since the two clearly rely on each other. Because of all these changes, instead of calling all musical happy and full of life (meaning only those exciting numbers) I started calling all musicals joyful (referring to the experience and the positive nature), and full of life ( referring to the entire story), emotional and unique .

Any other musical fan, do you all like fully discovering what a musical is capable of?

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Be Yourself

This is a simple, but important message

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​Don’t carry any ought on your Not. … You are not to be somebody else; you are not expected to do something which doesn’t belong to you. You are just to be yourself. Relax and just be yourself. Be respectful to your individuality and have the courage to sign your own signature. Don’t go on copying others signatures.

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Metaphor of Being Green

Today during my stage makeup class, I was applying green eye shadow for a practice round of the next project. While doing that, the green reminded me of the musical character, Elphaba. She was born green and understands what it is like to be different.

To me, green is a metaphor for being different. This is shown through the character of Elphaba. She is treated as an outcast because she was born green. She is also different because she was born with magical powers, but she has no idea how to control them. She constantly is getting misunderstood by others including her family. Her father hates her and blames her for the reason why her sister is disabled and why her mother is dead, but it wasn’t even her fault. Elphaba has a close bond with her sister, but in the second act, her sister completely betrays her.

She believes that once she starts Shiz, she will stop being discriminated against, but she finds out that even the students dislike her. She reluctantly rooms with Galinda (AKA Glinda). Glinda and Elphaba start out as enemies who loathe each other and they learned to accept each other’s differences and become the best of friends. It was at the school dance where Galinda is able to finally befriend Elphaba. From the dance on, the two girls become the best of friends. Every once in a while they find conflict, but they always make up. The first conflict happens when Elphaba and Glinda both fall in love with Fiyero. This creates a fascinating love triangle, which adds this wonderful texture to the storyline.

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Elphaba is way more then what society paints her out to be. She is so determined and smart. She cares about what is happening around her. She has this big heart and stands up for what she believes in. She wants to give equality to all despite how everyone treats her. The wizard uses her to his advantage and makes the public believe that she is wicked. She is an incredible wonderful women and she never lets society define who she really is. She constantly tries to save the lives of others.

So overall, I find green a metaphor for being different. I truly understand Elphaba because I personally relate to her. I am a big-hearted, smart, talkative, determined, and unique person. I believe in equality and staying true to myself. Let your green shine through and let others see you for who you really are. Don’t let society define you because all that is doing is painting a false image of who you really are. I never try to fit in and would rather be accepted. Elphaba is such an important part of my life and I love how she has so much courage and strength inside of her.  Elphaba has been part of my life for ten years in all and Wicked is a powerful story about friendship and acceptance. Wicked is the best musical comedy. It just keeps on getting better and better and the emotions constantly are maturing.