Monday, February 20, 2017

Movie Reviews: “Hacksaw Ridge” and “Moana”

   Hacksaw Ridge
   Rated R

Based on a true story, PFC Desmond Doss, a World War II Army medic, refused to carry a gun due to his pacifist beliefs. After being harassed and ostracized by his fellow soldiers, Doss surprises everyone at the Battle of Okinawa.

Even though I knew Hacksaw Ridge was violent, I wanted to see it because it has two major Academy Award nominations (Best Picture and Best Actor). It’s an outstanding film and well-deserving of its nomination; I just didn’t love it because I thought the battle scenes were too long and too graphic. The story, however, is uplifting and moving. If you’d like to witness an important historic event and the best of human nature, Hacksaw Ridge is an excellent film.

   Rated PG

Moana, daughter of the chief of the South Pacific Island they inhabit, dreams of adventure and traveling the seas. To help her people, she and demi-god Maui go on a life-threatening journey. Will Moana and Maui survive the elements, both natural and supernatural?

Like most Disney animated movies, Moana is well done-in fact, if I had a young daughter, I would absolutely take her to see this movie. Moana is a great role model; she’s smart and brave, but not perfect. This movie has just the right amount of adventure, humor and drama.

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