The great thing about Raya and the Last Dragon film is the animation and voice work. It’s another masterpiece by Disney Animation. As for the story, not so much.
To be honest, I’m not saying that it’s a bad movie. Just the opposite. If you’re looking for beautiful animation and a positive message that’s fun for the whole family, Raya and the Last Dragon delivers.
However, there are no surprises in the story. Another Disney Princess looking to save the day. Yes, we usually get a princess that needs saving, but that changed around the time we got the first frozen movie. Nowadays, Disney animation movies are just using the same classic formula over and over again:
Singlehandedly, Awkwafina makes the film worthwhile. Out of all the voice work in the film, including Benedict Wong and Gemma Chan, it’s the comedian-actress that shined the most.
Another gorgeously animated, skillfully voiced entry that continues the studio’s increased representation while reaffirming that its classic formula is just as reliable as ever.
Frankly, I’m a visually critical person. Even while watching it at home, I wasn’t able to take my eyes off with the beautiful palette of colors during the whole thing.
Should you watch it?
Not only are the visuals imaginative and gorgeous, but there are life lessons to be learned by the kids about trust and selflessness and taking chances. Raya and The Last Dragon is a triumph of design held back by a lackluster story.