Coming at ya late in the week, here is, in my opinion, the best scene from the movie "Moana."
Is it me or are reprises often better than the original song? There's just something about them that brings about twice the power and a million times the emotion. This case is no exception. In this scene we see that Moana has reached that point in the Hero's Journey where all hope seems lost and she must overcome her own fears in order to finish. The scene is brilliantly orchestrated, starting out with the reappearance of her grandmother (as a spirit), who is here, to once again, help guide her. Just the grandmothers singing voice was enough to make me tear up. For Moana it's the re connection to that familiar sound, after having been traveling through strange and dangerous territories, she can for a moment feel the comfort of her grandmother's voice and image. This is powerful also when we remember that Moana was never given the time to deal with her grandmother's death, and that this spiritual reunion serves also as that. With so much going on you would think the scene (which is actually pretty short) would feel over charged, but instead it flows very naturally. Grandma Tala explains to Moana what she sees when she looks at her: a special, loving, strong, and brave individual. This is important because by this point Moana was feeling like she wasn't strong enough to continue on her journey, she lacked faith in herself. Finally, Grandma Tala asks Moana if she knows who she is. Moana takes a step back as she begins to realize the qualities that make her who she is, setting off into a beautiful musical solo that to me is unmatched in the movie. The power of the instrumentals matched with the gorgeous animation is enough to give you chills. Especially after the ancestor shows to be proud of Moana and sets off the sails to his boat, just as the music reaches its peak, it's magnificent. I could go on and on but I feel like I'm over explaining. Really the scene is just beautiful. It has the perfect blend of emotions that is needed to drive the story into it's final arc, and really just create a strong connection between the main character and the audience. A sad and uplifting scene that, to me, stands out as the best moment in the film.
"I will carry you here in my heart, you'll remind me." <---- crying ;_;