About 5,000 years ago, indigenous people from Taiwan sailed to, and settled islands off of southeast Asia. They must have been good sailors and good navigators, because they spent a couple thousand years spreading their population to a thousand islands in the vast south and central Pacific Ocean, including Hawaii. These are the Polynesian people. It is their history that the movie Moana understands and pays tribute to.
According to Joseph Campbell, hero mythology everywhere has certain traits in common, such as: The protagonist is young and goes on a journey, is taught by an elderly wise man or wizard, has a vision, faces great danger, fails, sometimes dies and is resurrected, returns to battle, is finally victorious and returns home a hero or a king. Sometimes the protagonist is a demigod, such as Hercules. For example, George Lucas was inspired by the writings of Joseph Campbell when he created the hero character of Luke Skywalker.
Visually, the movie looks fantastic. However, the story seems a little familiar. There are several songs that are instantly forgettable. The movie does not excel as entertainment, but it is enjoyable enough. Some of the action sequences are quite exciting.
It makes a good rental.