Last month, Disney released its new and sensational family-friendly movie, Raya and the Last Dragon. The movie was released March 5, 2021, on Disney+ with a premium subscription. This Southeast Asia-inspired adventure is filled with humor, friendship, and positive role models. Raya and the Last Dragon is about Raya, the daughter of Cheif Benja, Princess of Kumandra’s Heart Land appointed to the role of Guardian of the Dragon Gem. When sinister monsters known as the Druun threatened the land of Kumadra where humans and dragons lived together in harmony, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. 500 years later, those same monsters have returned and it’s up to Raya to track down the last dragon to finally stop the Druun for once and for all. However, throughout her journey, Raya learns that it will take more than dragon magic to save the world.
Along with the spectacular animation and incredible story, what I really loved about this movie was the main character; Raya. Not to backlash other of Disney’s princesses, but characters like Cinderella, Ariel, Aurora, or Rapunzel really all seem to have the same character traits. And more specifically, I mean singing about their troubles and being dames in distress. Now, I’m not saying these princesses were not brave or influential to some girls and boys, but their personalities were just so shallow that not even the average person could relate to them. Raya, on the other hand, has much more character depth and, as mentioned before, she has trust issues. Her determined and courageous yet flawed nature is what makes her such an interesting and relatable character.
Overall, Raya and the Last Dragon is an exciting and empowering movie the entire family will surely enjoy watching.