Deborah Ross

It’ll please small kids, but they’re never to be trusted: Raya and the Last Dragon reviewed

Disney's latest animation is turgid, clichéd and predictable

Sisu (Awkwafina), who looks like a disturbingly enlongated My Little Pony, and Raya (Kelly Marie Tran) in Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon. Credit: © 2020 Disney. All Rights Reserved

Raya and the Last Dragon has everything you might want nowadays from a major Disney film — feisty kick-ass heroine, non-white representation, a narrative that isn’t hung up on romance — but no one involved appears to have asked themselves: do we have an interesting story? Do we have any fresh ideas? Is it fun? This may please very small kiddies who don’t know any better, and there are plenty of them about, but Raya’s not a classic in the making.

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