[REVIEW] Raya and the Last Dragon

Raya and the Last Dragon

The most recent animated movie from Disney is an action-packed story about how our brokenness separates us.

Raya and the Last Dragon opened in limited theatrical release and on Disney+ for an extra fee. The movies is a wonderful story taken place in Southeast Asia blending its imagery and mythology.

Raya and Benja from Raya and the Last Dragon
Young Raya with her father, Benja. © 2021 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

The movie starts with Raya (Kelly Marie Tran) attempting to take the stone from her father, Benja (Daniel Dae Kim). This stone was created by the last dragons to stop the pending apocalypse from the Druun, born of human discord. Sisu (Awkwafina), one of the dragons, sacrificed herself in the process, although rumors persist that she survived.

Six years later Raya goes on a quest to find Sisu so she can bring her people back together and fulfill her father’s vision of trust. During this mission she encounters several memorable supporting characters including Boun, “con baby” and her barrel of monkeys, and Tong.

Recovering a piece of her fractured Dragon Gem, Sisu discovers the ability to shape-change into human form. © 2021 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

The movie imagery Disney has produced is impeccable and the voice acting is skillfully done and on point. This movie embodies Disney’s positive messaging which in this case is trust. Throughout the movie you will hear this word a lot and see how when trying to trust someone you can get your feelings hurt. However, never give up on them for there is always good within.

Raya (left) and her conflict with Namaari (right). © 2021 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

This is a fantastic family movie for all ages.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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