• Hung Nguyen

Movie Review: 'Raya and the Last Dragon'

"Raya and the Last Dragon" was released on March 5, and you can watch it in theaters or stream on Disney+ with premier access. I went to watch the movie the day it was released. The experience was breathtaking, melancholy, and suspenseful. The animation, lighting, and the culture that the movie brought with it was just spectacular.



Setting


The movie was separated into sections, with each section being a region in the land of Kumandra and each region named after a body part of a dragon. The five regions are Heart, Tail, Talon, Spine, and Fang. When I saw each region, I was mesmerized by its beauty. Each region had its own personality, from the different people who inhabited the area and the environment that made up the region. My favorite region has to be Talon because it was just so unique; obviously each region is unique, but Talon just looks so mesmerizing.



Score/Fight Scenes


The score of the movie was also spectacular: each region had its own music, and they just fit so harmoniously together. In this movie, instead of songs, there are fight scenes. Even though they were short, the choreography for the fight scenes was a sight to be seen. Some of the magic and fight scenes reminded me a lot of the animated show "Avatar: The Last Airbender," one of my all time favorites.


Here is one of the fight scenes in the movie (spoiler)



Characters


The characters in this film are so wonderful and amazing that they made me laugh and almost cry. Each character comes from the five different regions, and even though they were from different areas, they still had such a strong bonds with each other. This was due to their sad pasts: each character had lost a loved one due to the evil Druun, and with this narrow bridge that connected them, they were like family.





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