Friday, April 23, 2021

Raya and the Last Dragon: Charming Animation Movie

Raya and the Last Dragon is a captivating animation movie from Disney. Featuring Star Wars’ Kelly Marie Tran as the voice of the sword-wielding Raya.

Her mission is to unite all five pieces of a broken gem containing dragon magic, as well as the fictional Kumandra’s divided regions by defeating the Druun.

The movie has plenty of lightness and humorous vibes. The screenwriters, Qui Nguyen and Adele Lim have provided an array of cute critters and lively supporting characters. None of them is more colorful than Sisu. A friendly water dragon magically resurrected during Raya’s journey.

She’s the last of her kind, and she has a crucial role to play in the story. There is plenty laughter and fun going around in this movie. The animation work is incredibly mind-blowing and it is the kind of movie you can watch for a good laugh anytime.

As Raya strives to bring her father back to life, she also gradually learns that the only way restore Kumandra’s former unity is to do the hard work of forgiveness. And that will require believing and trusting in others even if most folks struggle to do so.

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This is a message for today. A message for all of us. This movie teaches some truly valuable lessons, like how to work toward reconciliation and renew hope. And it also says, very clearly, that real love is when you lay down your life for another.

But we can’t wait for our neighbor to be the first to extend love and forgiveness. If we wait, we might be waiting forever. Instead, just as Jesus taught, we forgive because we have been forgiven. We model what we have been shown.

Finally, the film’s intense action, combat, and perilous scenes may be a bit much at times for very young or sensitive viewers.

All the same, the emotional power of Raya and the Last Dragon sneaks up on you. Its lessons aren’t entirely new, but it makes you feel like you’re learning them for the first time

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