On this episode of The Global Film Podcast, Editor-In-Chief and Host Diego Andaluz reviews Walt Disney Animation’s Raya And The Last Dragon. Joined by contributors Andrew Salazar (Discussing Film), Nguyen Le (The Houston Chronicle), and Josie Marie (Film Posers), they discuss their in-depth thoughts on the technical and thematic strengths and shortcomings of the film, among other notable highlights.
In Raya And The Last Dragon, long ago, in the fantasy world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in harmony. But when an evil force threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, that 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.
Overall, Raya And The Last Dragon is a heartfelt blast! Featuring stunningly crafted animation and superbly kinetic action sequences, the film stands tall as one of the best recent offerings from the studio, working as a strong crowd-pleasing blockbuster that doesn’t quite reach it’s lofty ambitions but will still be fun for the whole family!– Diego Andaluz
Directed by Carlos Lopez Estrada (Blindspotting) & Don Hall, and starring Kelly Marie-Tran (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) & Awkwafina (The Farewell), Raya And The Last Dragon is a animated family adventure film that comes to Disney Plus and theaters on March 5th. Listen to our review below at the 27-minute mark or here on your preferred podcast platform.
Raya and the Last Dragon features an outstanding voice cast, including Kelly Marie Tran, Awkwafina, Gemma Chan, Daniel Dae Kim, Sandra Oh, Benedict Wong, Izaac Wang, Thalia Tran, Alan Tudyk, Lucille Soong, Patti Harrison and Ross Butler. Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada are directing, with Paul Briggs and John Ripa co-directing. Osnat Shurer and Peter Del Vecho produced the film while Qui Nguyen and Adele Lim wrote the screenplay.
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