Raya and the Last Dragon (2021)

What a surprise. Another good Disney movie.

Honestly, I just expected this movie to be a flop. I thought it was just going to be another Disney movie with a dragon in it. I’m glad to see it wasn’t a Mulan rip off. It actually had its own story to it.

Was the fact that Raya looked like Moana without curly hair a little annoying? Yes. I mean come on you couldn’t have picked a different character model for her?

Overall though I thought the movie was incredibly well done. Even as a 26-year-old man, I still find some humor meant for children pretty funny.

The part of the story that I noticed that was never acknowledged but it was obviously there was the sexual chemistry between the two main female characters. Kelly Marie Tran herself (The voice of Raya) has said that she viewed her character as gay. I understand that Disney would have reservations about making the female lead a lesbian but at the end of the day, love is love. How is it any different than Ariel being in love with Eric or Aurora and Phillip? Yes, I get that parents will have to explain to their kids why two women have feelings for each other, but do you really think that this will be the only time they encounter someone from the LGBTQ+ community?

The thing that pissed me off most about this movie wasn’t the plot, wasn’t the run time, it honestly didn’t have anything to do with the movie. It was the fact before the show that in the lobby of the theatre that a grown ass man had to be told several times to put his mask over his nose and threw a hissy fit when the employees asked him politely to put it on…seriously?? You seem to forget bro that we’re in a pandemic. It takes you TEN MINUTES to get your concessions and then you go to the auditorium. Everyone in there is socially distanced enough in there that nobody cares if you have your neck gaiter that does absolutely nothing to protect you. Yes, there is no national mask mandate but at the end of the day, AMC has made it clear if you want to see a movie at their business, then wear your damn mask, sit down, watch the movie and just shut up. I’ve diverted away from the movie, but this was just something that pissed me off greatly.

Overall though this movie was one I would 100% see again but not until it’s free on Disney +. There’s just something different about seeing a movie in the theatre than at home and I’d rather not spend $30 plus on this so my girlfriend and I can watch it again.

Rating: 8/10

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