“Raya and the Last Dragon” is a fun, adventure-filled movie. At the start of the film, we learn that long ago, in the fantasy world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in harmony. Then sinister monsters known as the Druun threatened the land, turning people into stone. The dragons created a powerful Dragon Gem to fight the Druun, but by doing so, they sacrificed themselves to save humanity.
Shortly after, Kumandra and the people who inhabited the land cracked (literally and figuratively). What was once a united kingdom became fractured and the people divided into five kingdoms named after a part of the dragon: Heart, Tail, Talon, Fang, and Spine – all connected by the Dragon River.
Flash forward 500 years and we meet Raya, Princess of Heart, who guards the Dragon Gem along with her father, Chief Benja (voiced by Daniel Dae Kim).
Chief Benja hosts a gathering to unite the other clans and it is during this meeting that Raya meets frenemy, Princess Namaari of the Fang clan.
What follows is an action-packed story filled with humor and heart.
“Raya and the Last Dragon” takes us on an exciting, epic journey to the fantasy world of Kumandra, where Raya, a lone warrior, must track down the legendary last dragon to stop an evil force that has returned after 500 years to once again threaten her homeworld. 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.
As an Asian American, I was thrilled that the voice cast features several notable Asian actors and actresses. The voice talent includes Kelly Marie Tran (Sorry For Your Loss, Star Wars Franchise), Awkwafina (Ocean’s Eight, Crazy Rich Asians), Gemma Chan (Captain Marvel, Crazy Rich Asians), Daniel Dae Kim (The Good Doctor, Lost), Sandra Oh (Killing Eve, Grey’s Anatomy), Benedict Wong (Doctor Strange, Avengers: Endgame), Izaac Wang (Good Boys), Thalia Tran (Council of Dads), and Lucille Soong (Fresh Off the Boat).
The girl power theme shines throughout. I also love how this ragtag group of warriors becomes a family of sorts.
My family really enjoyed the movie! It was entertaining, funny, and heartwarming.
To celebrate the digital release of “Raya and the Last Dragon”, here’s a FREE activity packet that’s filled with games and fun facts that you can download for your family! Click this link to view and print out the PDF.
There’s also a 4-page coloring sheet set, that you can download here.
“Raya and the Last Dragon” is available now on all major digital platforms.
The movie is coming soon to 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD on May 18th.
Visit the official website here for more information.
Disclosure: No monetary compensation was received for this post. I received a complimentary digital copy of the movie which helped facilitate this review. Images shown in this post are used with permission. As always, my opinions are 100% my own.