A celebration of culture, bravery, and unity in this new Disney film.
The dragons were gone. Without its protectors, the land of Kumandra is now besieged by “Druun,” evil spirits which turned people in stone. The only hope lies on an orb created by the last dragon. Raya needs to travel to the five kingdoms in search of the orb’s missing pieces. But she needs more than its powers. Can she reunite the warring kingdoms in order to save Kumandra?
Let’s be clear, this is a Disney film made for kids so don’t expect that much. On second thought, screw that. “Raya and the Last Dragon” can proudly be placed alongside such Disney greats with its awesome animation, fresh story, and a culture that was never before presented in a major film.
“Raya and the Last Dragon” is set in the fictional land of Kumandra and its five warring kingdoms ala the Last Airbender. The land was rampaged by these evil spirits called “Druun” (imagine Ezra Miller in Fantastic Beasts) and our main character Raya’s plan to restore the land by finding the last dragon who could defeat Ezra Miller.
The film’s storyline runs smoothly but with an unsurprising plot. What made this Disney film special is it’s focused on the dynamics between Raya and the antagonist Naamari. If Mulan ushered in the age of a new breed of brave Disney princesses, Raya, on the other hand, continues the tradition.
Sun god Worthy (4 out of 5 stars). With Raya, we take a look at how we define a princess and a hero. I watched “Raya and the Last Dragon” with some sort of pride and happiness, seeing the culture and traditions that I grew up with being presented on the screen. The story of the dragons and orbs and five kingdoms will not amaze you. Still, the depth in which the characters are portrayed is what makes the film stand out. The lesson it is trying to impart resonates especially at this difficult time.
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