“Raya and the Last Dragon” takes us on an exciting, epic journey to the fantasy world of Kumandra, where humans and dragons lived together long ago in harmony. But when an evil force threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, that same evil has returned and it’s up to a lone warrior, Raya, to track down the legendary last dragon to restore the fractured land and its divided people. However, along her journey, she’ll learn that it’ll take more than a dragon to save the world—it’s going to take trust and teamwork as well.
An Array of Culture And Empowerment
Disney continues to do an amazing job at creating films that will lead us to have important conversations as a family which we love. I like it when the boys come to us and ask questions in which we can educate them, and are able to further their cultural thinking.
With Raya And The Last Dragon we get to see Asian culture on display in an amazing way, better yet we get to see a strong female lead as we did in Mulan however with a different feel. In Mulan we got to see more of her family pushing her to be more feminine, and that it was wrong for women to be viewed as warriors.
Yet in Raya And The Last Dragon we see the complete opposite, and in a way that I can relate to. Growing up I was raised by my dad, and in the film so is Raya she was encouraged to be tough and to be a bad mama jamma!!
No Music More Action
For as long I can remember a majority of Disney animation movies have always had some type of musical aspect so, I have to say I was a little surprised that this film had no musical numbers. Now to make up for that the amount of action in this film makes it to where you won’t miss the music trust me!
The level of animation in the action sequences is so flawless that you almost forget you are watching an animated movie. What makes it even more remarkable is seeing the level of detail the animators had in making the movie especially the characters. From the sword fighting to the baby and the monkeys flying through the night sky prepare to be entertained.
As produces more animated films it has evolved its storytelling, I love seeing how raw and full of emotion these films are getting. Raya And The Last Dragon harnesses so many emotions from grief to death, and even redemption they are important topics that as a family opens the door to talk about important issues that surround us. Issues that we are having to deal with right now.
We also get to see how true and authentic these characters are to the voice actors, and how well they portray their emotions. The casting of this film was also on point from a cultural standpoint.
The comedic aspect of the film was also something I did not expect, however, I have to say the punch lines, and just some of the characters in the film make it that more entertaining.
Appeasing To All Ages
When we watch movies as a family it’s really hard for us to all be in unison when it comes to everyone liking a movie. With Raya And The Last dragon we watched it with my 81-year-old mother-in-law along with both boys, and I was really surprised how much my mother-in-law really enjoyed it. She said she had not been that entertained in a long time, and the boys said they really enjoyed the movie as well.
My oldest who is almost nine actually cried through some of the scenes, and my youngest laughed super hard in some scenes. By far our favorite film of 2021 trust me you will not be disappointed, once you see this film!
“Raya and the Last Dragon” features an outstanding voice cast, including Kelly Marie Tran, Awkwafina, Gemma Chan, Daniel Dae Kim, Sandra Oh, Benedict Wong, Izaac Wang, Thalia Tran, Alan Tudyk, Lucille Soong, Patti Harrison and Ross Butler. Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada are directing, with Paul Briggs and John Ripa co-directing. Osnat Shurer and Peter Del Vecho are the producers, and Qui Nguyen and Adele Lim wrote the screenplay.
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Raya and the Last Dragon’’ will be available on Disney+ with Premier Access in most Disney+ markets, at the same time as it is released in theaters on March 5, 2021. Premier Access for the title will be priced at $29.99.