Spoiler-Free Review of Disney’s ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’. Wether you chose to see the film in select theaters or via Disney+ Premier Access you are in for an epic adventure! Before diving into our review, here is the film’s synopsis:
“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.
Raya and the Last Dragon focuses on central themes such as found family, taking responsibility for ones action, delicious food, and trust. Raya is clever and cunning, but a bit apprehensive in the trust department. Her journey isn’t easy, but her newfound friends help her to face her greatest enemy and the looming doom of the world around her.
We love the relatable themes throughout the film, and honestly, Raya and the Last Dragon is the PERFECT movie to be coming out during the pandemic. Here me out. Without spoiling anything, the film discusses heavy and hard topics that are extremely relatable in our current real world events. From loss to division and trust versus truth, there are few family movie titles that can compare, even within the Disney Vault.
One of the best aspects of the film is the representation of South Asian characters played by actors who share the same ancestral heritage.
Kelly Marie Tran shines as Raya and shows off her vocal talent with a wide range of emotions that makes you want to cheer during her victorious, yet brings tears to your eyes when she shows her vulnerable side. It’s true Awkwafina has a distinct voice, but she really brings Sisu to life as an iconic legendary figure, akin to characters such as Robin Williams’ Genie in Aladdin and Eddie Murphy’s Mushu in Mulan.
Special mention must go to Gemma Chan as Namaari, who equally matches Raya in skill and intelligence, but brings a welcome depth to a Disney antagonist that is rarely seen. Their co-stars Daniel Dae Kim (Benja), Sandra Oh (Virana), Benedict Wong (Tong), Izaac Wang (Boun), Thalia Tran (Little Noi), and Alan Tudyk (Tuk Tuk) are all wonderful in their roles and bring levity to the seriousness of the world around them and help Raya learn valuable lessons even in her darkest moments.
We thoroughly loved the film and think you and your family and friends will love it just as much as we do! If you are considering getting Disney+ Premier Access to watch the film we think it is worth every penny. Feel free to pop some popcorn, grab your go-to snacks, cuddle up on the couch and enjoy!
The highly anticipated animated feature film, Raya and the Last Dragon is now available in select theaters and on Disney+ Premier Access for $29.99. Be sure to check back here at Chip and Co. for all things Disney!
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