Raya and the Last Dragon: Yet Another Heartwarming Disney Film


By Len Beczko, Staff Writer

“Raya and the Last Dragon” is Disney’s latest movie, featuring a young girl Raya as she goes on a quest to save her land, Kumandra. She acquires some unlikely allies, as well as (like the title suggests) a dragon. The movie stars Kelly Marie Tran and Awkwafina as Raya and Sisu, respectively. It was directed by Don Hall and Carlos Lopez Estrada, which are both very good and talented directors.

The film begins with Raya trying to break into the vault holding the dragon gem, a gem made by dragons to keep the Drunn from hurting humans. The Drunn are beasts born of chaos and discord that only want destruction. Raya manages to break into the vault, revealing that the guard she fought was her father and the whole thing was a test. The next day her father reveals that he’s invited the other tribes to have a feast with them in order to try and form an alliance with them again, as they’ve done in the past.

Raya meets the young daughter of the Fang tribe leader, Namaari. They immediately become friends, and Raya takes her to the vault holding the dragon gem. Namaari then betrays Raya and tries to get the gem. It breaks and sets the Drunn free.

They ravage the land of Heart, where they currently are, and Raya’s father falls victim to them. This is where the action begins, with Raya vowing to bring the last surviving dragon back as well as to restore the dragon gem, as she believes it’s her fault that it was shattered in the first place.

Awkwafina voices Sisu, the last surviving dragon. She has a lot of skill and got all the touching scenes on the mark. She’s acted in movies before, and her experience and skill are evident throughout the film.

“Raya and the Last Dragon” is a really good movie. It is family-friendly, with some sad scenes throughout it. Still, I very much enjoyed watching it, as did my sister. It was entertaining and had a good, thought-out plot, and it deserves a 10/10.