Movie Review: The Environmentalism of Moana

Have you watched Moana? If you haven’t, then you should (spoilers). If you have, can you tell me who was the antagonist of the movie?

By the beginning of the movie, it was made as if the evil of the movie was Te Ka, the flaming-rock-throwing lava spirit, but by the end (spoiler) it was revealed that Te Ka was the spirit caused to awaken as a response from the stealing of the heart of Te Fiti. So… Te Ka was Te Fiti all along? And it’s understandable for Te Ka to arise out of rage for the stolen heart (stealing hearts are usually romantic though).

So who’s the bad guy in Moana? Humans. It was the humans who caused the problem.

From the start, it was the humans demanded Mau’i steal the heart of Te Fiti. Human greed caused the problem all along.

The rest of the movie was the force of nature. But the movie only subtly blamed the real problem makers.

Well it was a movie, right? But the movie Moana brought an important issue to discuss the causes of human greed and ego towards the environment. Sure, in real life there is no looming darkness that spreads from island to island, corrupting everything in its path. But It’s much slower and might be invisible to the naked eye, but the danger is no less real.

Human greed and ego that demands every single thing is endangering the availability of our environment, and everything that comes along with it. Blindly depleting resources, utilizing non-renewable energy, excessive carbon footprint, and greenhouse gasses, and ultimately global warming. That’s the effect of capitalism. That’s human ego.

But again, unlike in Moana, there might not be a chosen one and a demigod that can fix everything for us. That’s why everyone needs to start their own awareness and participate in preventing the disaster that might just come for us. Oh, and fuck capitalism.

Like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson would say, you’re welcome!



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