“Raya and the Last Dragon” is the perfect choice for family movie night

Moazzma Chaudhary, Staff Reporter

Disney’s “Raya and the Last Dragon,” is an amazing adventurous movie that draws inspirations from many Southeast Asian cultures and their traditions.

The story line is engaging and exciting, following Raya and her team as they try to reunite their kingdom and bring dragons back into the world. “Raya and the Last Dragon” shares some similarities with Disney’s “Moana,” both featuring strong female leads on a mission to save their world from a terrible plague-like darkness.

The roles of the characters are astonishing and beautiful. The animation uses that uniquely Disney look, but follows the pattern of the movie’s adaptation of  several Asian cultures. Each character comes to represent a portion of the fractured world they all live in, and the group’s camaraderie grows to represent the earned trust that plays a vital role in the story’s theme.

I like how Raya has trouble trusting other people, but throughout her adventure she learns that to reunite the kingdom and save their world they must have faith in each other. Additionally, the relationship Namaari  with her mother is inspiring and sweet.

Sisu’s character is amazing and funny. I love her character in the movie because her personality is beautiful and fun to watch, although it is sad to see her talk about how much she misses her siblings, who were lost hundreds of years before Raya’s mission. Little Noi, a mischevious toddler, is funny and at times endearing. Her little tricks and acts of mischief are hilarious, but her story highlights the harshness of the broken world Raya is trying to save.

The movie proved to be emotional at several points, but powerful throughout with an important message about the value of trust. It features some lighthearted scenes and several more impactful ones, but in the end leaves you with a smile on your face.

Overall “Raya and the Last Dragon” is an enjoyable movie to watch. I would recommend this movie to everyone. It is not a movie that you should miss out on.