FINDING ‘OHANA REVIEW
Story: Twelve-year-old Pili, who finds treasure through Hawaii’s mystical nature, makes her realize that her true treasure is’Ohana’, which means family in Hawaii.
Review: Exciting New York life for Pili (Kea Peahu) must suddenly luxuriate her grandfather Kimo (Branscombe Richmond) with her single mother Leilani (Kelly Hu) and her older brother Ioane (Alex Aiono). The green town of Oahu, Hawaii. Kimo is struggling with health and financial problems, but his love for Oahu and independence does not allow him to move with him. However, it’s a charm of pristine beauty (greatly captured by Cort Fey) that Hawaiians never want to leave. And it doesn’t take long for Ray Rani’s children to find their calling in the picturesque village. Ioane begins to trample lively Hana (Lindsay Watson), and Pili discovers an old journal of pirate expedition stories looking for an exciting treasure hunt. With her one of her younger brother Casper (Owen Baccaro), she made a bold plan to find the treasure and soon joins the elder brothers who come to them.
Like the classics’Kuni’ and’Honey, I’ve Reduced Kids’, writer Christina Strain gives the characters plenty of time to settle down and gives them a solid reason to start their chance adventure. And in doing so we see some of the most fascinating longshots of the country’s maiden beauty, so less explored.
However, “Finding Ohhana” cannot be an adventure film that creates a real tension in the narrative. Strain and Director Jude Weng, keep everything very light and easy. So, if you are looking for a hard edge adventure, you can be disappointed. Basically, it’s closer to’Dora the Explorer’ than’Indiana Jones’.
As the name suggests, ‘to find Ohana’ is all about finding the true values of the family, and the focus is on personal relationships rather than adventure. Unfortunately, in this incessant fight, Weng did not give equal justice to either side. The emotional exchanges between the characters can be sympathetic, but the screenplays are particularly slack and bizarre towards their climax. Kea and Alex are well cast as on-screen siblings and are good at rubbing each other and bringing comic relief.
‘If you look for’Ohana’, you can go on a lukewarm adventure, but if you want to learn a few Hawire words and make the traveler excited once again, it’s worth the run once more. Mahalo!
|Directed by||Jude Weng|
|Produced by||Ian Bryce|
|Written by||Christina Strain|
Marc Evan Jackson
|Music by||Joseph Trapanese|
|Edited by||Priscilla Nedd Friendly|
|Ian Bryce Productions|
|Release date||January 29, 2021|
|Running time||123 minutes|
FINDING ‘OHANA CAST
- Kea Peahu as Pili
- Alex Aiono as Ioane
- Lindsay Watson as Hana
- Owen Vaccaro as Casper
- Kelly Hu as Leilani
- Branscombe Richmond as Kimo
- Ke Huy Quan as George Phan
- Brad Kalilimoku as Kua Kawena
- Chris Parnell as Brown
- Marc Evan Jackson as Robinson
- Ricky Garcia as Monks
- Ryan Higa as Ryan
- Mapuana Makia as Nurse Tina
- X Mayo as Melody
- Kyndra Sanchez as Yoli Greenburg