she wanted a storm ― thunder, wind, a deluge. she wanted it to crash through ketterdam’s pleasure houses, lifting roofs and tearing doors off their hinges. she wanted it to raise the seas, take hold of every slaving ship, shatter their masts, and smash their hulls against unforgiving shores. i want to call that storm, she thought.
One of the best things about Moana was Moana’s motivation.
In a story of this nature, it would have been so easy to make her primary motivation be something like “but I don’t want to be chief” or even “i want to be a voyager instead of chief”
But Moana is totally down with being chief. She’s absolutely on board with leading her people, because the welfare of her people is her motivation.
She doesn’t take to the sea as an act of rebellion. She doesn’t do it to go “find herself” or whatever, or at least not exclusively. She goes out there because her village is in danger and she knows something that might help them. That, and she wants to find a way to restore them to their former tradition of voyaging.
I know this movie was largely about self-discovery and learning who you are, but the fact that the main character’s motivation was something so selfless was great and guys I love this movie so much