SPOILER ALERT: Moana spoilers… I warned ya.
Now let’s get down to business. And if you wanna finish that with “to defeat the Huhns” … sigh. My heart goes out to you. Not in a happy way. In a “I’ll grimace and wait for you to finish… while singing ANYTHING else in my head to not have to listen to that song”. Not my fav. And makes me sound bitter. Lets scratch that. This IS the internet, right? I only have to show you what I want you to see about me.
Okay. Moana. I cried. Did you cry? I CRIED. But, I cry a lot at movies. I love going to the theatre and seeing a good drama. Often because I cry at random points throughout the movie. Someone says something that touches me personally, tears. Someone reminds me of loved ones, tears. Somehow, a truth speaks to me through the strangest of moments, and I’m slouching down, pulling up my hood, and letting the waterworks flow from my eyes. Oddly enough, it’s one of the few times I don’t feel ashamed of the tears. Just that they are personal, their mine. And afterwards, it feels damned good. Ohh, and the best? When its a movie you NEVER think you’d cry over! (Someday, I’ll tell you the wildly humorous story of Becoming Jane and King Kong. I promise, it’s a good one.)
Bah! I promise to stay on point this time. Moana. Moana is told from a young age who she is going to be, not who she longs to be. She has to discover herself, in that, and works to save her island. There’s this moment where Maui and Moana are battling against Te Ka, and Moana realizes something about Te Ka. Te Ka is missing something in it’s chest. At this point, she realizes that the treasured heart of Te Fiti stone that she has … belongs to Te Ka. Moana in this moment, connects. Just like Te Ka, she wants desperately to be what she longs to be. To be whole. To know and follow her heart. Moana speaks these gentle words and the world changes:
I have crossed the horizon to find you
I know your name
They have stolen the heart from inside you
But this does not define you
This is not who you are
You know who you are
Te Ka’s everything changes. To be known. Truly known. To know yourself. To know that the things of this world, the things ripped from you, broken relationships, uncertain futures, engraved pasts… they do not get to define you. They are not who you are.
They do not get to define me. They are not who I am.