Movie | Raya and the Last Dragon (2021)

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Title: Raya and the Last Dragon (2021)

Tagline: A quest to save her world.

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Fantasy, Family, Action

Director: Don Hall, Carlos López Estrada

Cast: Kelly Marie Tran, Awkwafina, Izaac Wang, Gemma Chan, Daniel Dae Kim, Benedict Wong, Jona Xiao, Sandra Oh, Thalia Tran, Lucille Soong, Alan Tudyk, Dichen Lachman, Patti Harrison, Sung Kang, Ross Butler, François Chau, Paul Yen

Release: 2021-03-03

Runtime: 107

Plot: Long ago, in the fantasy world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together 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.


Has anyone seen this animation? What do you think about the intro and the entire story line?
 
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    Hah, I did watch this with the family when it came out... totally thought the prologue was right up the stolen history alley (especially the turning into stone bit). Beyond that though, not much going on, from a "soft disclosure" or "quality movie" standpoint. Some pacing issues (it has effectively two prologues, which is an odd choice), some laughably cliche plot points and character turns, and forgettable or miscast voice actors (Awkwafina especially... I feel like her personality is at odds with what would have made her character more interesting). It is very pretty though and the world it sets up (again mostly during the first prologue) is fascinating, but mostly wasted. I've heard a lot of comparisons to Avatar: The Last Airbender, I'm not sure on why specifically though. Maybe that show goes a bit deeper in building a similar world and is more worth the effort.

    Overall, Raya is replacement level Disney. Your kids will probably like it and promptly forget about it.

    2.5 out of 5 stars (heh, maybe I'll start ending every post with a numerical grade.)
     
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    That one "unified" world they want to bring back and eventually succeed... I am not even sure if it's a good or bad thing any longer.

    On our side of things we can speculate that our world was also unified before something happened. Was that previous world better than what we have today though?
     
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