‘Raya and the Last Dragon’? More Like ‘Raya and the Dragon-Who-Can’t-Stop’!

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Raya and the Last Dragon (CREDIT:
Walt Disney Animation Studios/YouTube Screenshot)

Starring: Kelly Marie Tran, Awkwafina, Izaac Wang, Gemma Chan, Daniel Dae Kim, Benedict Wong, Sandra Oh, Thalia Tran, Lucille Soong, Alan Tudyk

Directors: Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada

Running Time: 107 Minutes

Rating: PG

Release Date: March 5, 2021

Now that I’ve seen Raya and the Last Dragon, do I want a dragon of my own? It doesn’t have to be a “last” dragon, but I guess if that’s all that available… Anyway, if she’s voiced by Awkwafina, I won’t complain. In fact, that’s a positive in my book! She’s good company. That’s probably my most positive takeaway about this movie. Sisu’s a friend to all, as she’s been imbued with the personality of the lady who voices her, i.e., one of our favorite current Queens-bred rapper-actor-comedians. And I’m also happy to report that friendship ultimately shines through brilliantly in this flick, even with creatures who initially seem like they’re going to be enemies. That’s great news in a world in which magic objects can turn people to stone. You suddenly find yourself alone, but next thing you know, a dragon’s your best friend.

Also, the music reminds me of Woodkid’s “Run Boy Run,” a song that’s had a surprisingly strong pop cultural impact.

Grade: 3 out 5 Credit Purchases

Entertainment To-Do List: Week of 3/5/21

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Kamp Koral (CREDIT: Paramount Plus/YouTube Screenshot)

Every week, I list all the upcoming (or recently released) movies, TV shows, albums, podcasts, etc. that I believe are worth checking out.

Movies
Coming 2 America (March 5 on Amazon) – “2,” not “to.”
Raya and the Last Dragon (Theaters and Premier Access on Disney+)
Stray (Theaters and On Demand) – Dog documentary.

TV
Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years (Premiered March 4 on Paramount+)
-2021 Critics Choice Awards (March 7 on The CW)
The Masked Singer Season 5 Premiere (March 10 on FOX)
Game of Talents Series Premiere (March 10 on FOX) – Hosted by Wayne Brady!
South ParQ: Vaccination Special (March 10 on Comedy Central)

Music
-Kings of Leon, When You See Yourself