March 6, 2021

Raya and the Last Dragon Movie Review

Disney's latest princess animation marks different from its predecessors and it adds the South East Asian culture in Raya and The Lost Dragon. It follows the footsteps of warrior princesses Mulan and Merida but Raya is an epic adventure who is able to live in a myth to be able to save a dying race and unite them all in unity. A perfect welcome for the Women's Month this March.

The movie displays familiar elements in the South East Asian culture. First, she was trained in Filipino weaponry, rides on a pet giant armadillo named Tuktuk which is the same name for transportation in Thailand, and she dons a hat that looks like the one from Vietnam. More representation of the SEA culture are they eat rice, the busy floating market like Bangkok and rice terraces.

It is a familiar story of different countries battling for supremacy but one was willing to unite them altogether to fight one common enemy. They did not have to depend on a written legend on who will save them, it all comes down to initiative and everything will just have to follow. Raya (voiced by Kelly Marie Tran) just went for a quest to revive that was lost and she did not have to outstand the others, but she became the leader. Accidentally forming an unlikely group of heroes, she has a very good trait of listening to others and responsibly utilizing her companions' strengths to achieve their goal. For me, Raya can be a great model for leadership if we put it in a larger perspective.

Awkwafina voicing the dragon Sisu gave the comedic element in Raya's adventure. She was the humble symbol in Raya's legends, and she was the instrument that bound the severed race in unity.

Raya and the Last Dragon basically is a movie about trust and unity and makes it relevant in today's world. It is now streaming on Disney+ and perfect to watch with the whole family.

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