MOVIE REVIEW: Disney’s newest release ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ doesn’t disappoint

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Raya seeks the help of the legendary dragon, Sisu. Seeing whats become of Kumandra, Sisu commits to helping Raya fulfill her mission in reuniting the lands. (Photo Courtesy of Walt Disney Animation Studios)
By Sigifredo Macias

Being in quarantine now for a year makes you wonder if you should really spend $29.99 to watch an animated Disney movie.

And the answer is yes, if you have kids. If you don’t have kids, even better.

Although not the perfect Disney movie, “Raya and the Last Dragon” is an interesting and funny film that I honestly thought was worth the buy.

“Raya and the Last Dragon” is Walt Disney Pictures’ latest release. The last movie the studio released was “Frozen II,” so your kids or little family member can finally watch something else now.

Caution: spoilers ahead.

Directed by Carlos Lopez Estrada and Don Hall, the movie is about a girl named Raya (Kelly Marie Tran, Star Wars The Last Jedi) who loses her dad to a plague called the drunne that hits all six people around her. Raya fights her way to find the last dragon that can help her unite the lands and save other people from being turned to stone by the plague. 

It’s not a typical teary-eyed Pixar movie, but it is still very enjoyable. The best part of the film is seeing the different lands and people the characters meet, all of whom are affected by the plague. 

The different effects the plague has on children, babies and people is at the forefront of the film. 

Awkwafina plays the dragon Sisu, who, funny enough, actually resembles Awkwafina. It was actually pretty cool to see that and hear Awkwifina’s voice — she was a great choice for the role. 

Tran proves her haters wrong with an exemplary performance in “Raya and the Last Dragon.”

It is really fun and interesting to just watch the characters come together throughout the movie. Unexpectedly, it is pretty action-packed for a children’s film.

The ending, though, was not surprising. 

Let’s just refrain from further spoiling and call it a typical Disney-style ending.  

The only issue: with all its entertainment, “Raya and the Last Dragon” should have been longer. 

The story was rushed and I feel like it would’ve been better to have the story told a bit slower and more drawn out.

The movie is not dumbed down and doesn’t make kids feel stupid, which many movies do nowadays. 

It actually teaches children and adults alike, because at the end of the day, we are still kids learning everyday.

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