‘Finding ‘Ohana’ movie review: Sweet adventure flick with its heart in the right place

This great-looking Netflix outing is an entertaining mixture of motion, journey and feel-good household moments, regardless of being a tad too lengthy

A candy, journey movie with a even handed mixture of motion, journey and emotion, Jude Weng’s directorial debut, Discovering ‘Ohana, might have finished with some trimming. Twelve-year-old Pili (Kea Peahu) loves quizzes and quests. Her elder brother, Ioane (Alex Aiono) higher often called E, is annoying like all elder brothers however loves his sister nonetheless. Their hardworking mom, Leilani (Kelly Hu), left Oahu after the loss of life of her soldier husband 11 years in the past to make a greater life for her kids in Brooklyn.

Discovering ‘Ohana

  • Director: Jude Weng
  • Solid: Kea Peahu, Alex Aiono, Lindsay Watson, Owen Vaccaro, Kelly Hu
  • Story line: Two siblings come to Hawaii from Brooklyn to attach with their heritage and discover a treasure
  • Period: 123 minutes

When Leilani’s father, Kimo, (Branscombe Richmond) has a coronary heart assault, Leilani takes Pili and Ioane to Oahu to spend time with him. Pili and Ioane are initially livid at being caught in the course of nowhere—with no WiFi on prime of the whole lot. Issues get higher as soon as Pili meets Casper (Owen Vaccaro), one other know-it-all 12-year-old, finds an previous journal which guarantees clues to a fabled treasure and Ioane meets Casper’s elder sister, Hana (Lindsay Watson).

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The hunt for the treasure and ‘Ohana (that means household) dovetail one stormy night time as the kids climb mountains and work out the clues whereas father and daughter bond in hospital. The journey with all of the Indiana Jones references, together with melting Nazi faces, pulleys and counterweights are enjoyable. Talking of Indiana Jones references, Ke Huy Quan, Quick Spherical from Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom, stars within the movie. The shadow warriors are suitably ominous. The recreations of what occurred to Brown (Chris Parnell), Robinson (Marc Evan Jackson) and Monks (Ricky Garcia), the mutinous crew aboard The Peruvian is ingenious.

Whereas the conversations of cultural heritage might have been barely extra in depth, Discovering ‘Ohana has its coronary heart in the best place. Additionally trying on the pretty Hawaiian mountains and good sea is one option to journey with out the masks and terror.

Discovering ‘Ohana is presently streaming on Netflix

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