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Raya and the Last Dragon

Published March 14, 2021

Raya and the Last Dragon

Film info

  • Title Raya and the Last Dragon
  • Directors Don Hall, Carlos López Estrada
  • Year 2021
  • Run time 1hr 47m
  • Genres Fantasy, Family, Animation, Adventure, Action
  • Tagline A quest to save her world

Raya and the Last Dragon travels to the fantasy world of Kumandra, where humans and dragons lived together in harmony long ago. But when an evil force threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, the 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. However, along her journey, she'll learn that it'll take more than a dragon to save the world - it's going to take trust and teamwork as well.

Live blog

Time Comment
2:50 “People being people, they all fought.”
4:55 Well, Tuk Tuk is adorable and I need one right now.
9:47 Flaming catapults sounds about as dangerous to yourself as it could be.
19:25 Another Disney, another daddy issue.
21:24 Oh, Tuk Tuk got older and bigger, not so cute now.
26:38 “What is this delightful culinary treat?”
27:49 I love the concept of her being the one in the school project who didn’t pitch in.
31:42 A Tootenboom. Genius.
35:15 Never has ‘let’s roll’ been more appropriate.
45:27 Con baby!
53:56 “Being people is hard.” Yup.
56:55 …I don’t really like mango.
1:10:36 “Strong, good-looking, with impeccable hair?” “Hopeful.”
1:21:46 She’s not wrong, the blame is on everyone.
1:27:37 It’s clever how they managed to have a character from each land together at the end there, without it feeling forced.

Thoughts

Beautiful movie, this one, both in terms of visuals and in the message it gives about trust and humanity. I don’t know that we would have watched this if it hadn’t been an early release, but I’m so glad we did. It was the perfect Sunday afternoon film, full of hope alongside home truths about humanity, with some good laughs and cute characters along the way. Plus the majority of the main characters were women, which was brilliant to see.

Rating: 5 / 5

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