Raya and the Last Dragon is one of the early Disney releases this 2021 and is one of the best movies I have seen this year. This underrated film just gave me goosebumps. The ending left me in awe.
Honestly, I did not have this feeling ever since Frozen.
I know that this is purely fiction/ fantasy but I can't help relate this to our current situation as we are battling this pandemic and this is why I think the movie, Raya and The Last Dragon was actually made for adults than kids.
So why do we think that the movie, Raya and the Last Dragon was made for adults?
Raya and the Last Dragon teaches us one important thing - TRUST.
In the movie, they were in a situation where there was no end in sight. Many of their loved ones were lost. Kids were orphaned and have to learn to fend for themselves. Something that is not too far-fetched in our current situation.
While each one of them tried to fight the monster on their own, their efforts were only temporary. It doesn't really kill the enemy. The only solution is that they learn to make a collective effort to fight it.
There was even a scene in the movie that they built canals over their kingdom to send the monster away since it's afraid of the water. This is very similar when we try to close our borders. We restrict its entry and keep our people safe but it is not a permanent solution. The threat will always be there and that people outside the "safe zone" are still in danger.
Their struggle was prolonged because they do not trust each other. They are fully aware of what they need to do but they were hesitant to let go because of too much distrust. After all, it doesn't make sense to trust each other after the many betrayals that happened in the past. The problem even started because one betrayed another.
And this is exactly what is happening in our world today. We do not trust each other.
People do not trust their leaders that the pandemic is real and that lockdowns are in place for the benefit of the people's safety.
People do not trust our health experts when they say that we need to wear masks and that following health protocols are important.
People do not trust medical frontliners when they say that one is COVID-positive and needs to be confined in the hospital. They do not believe that this is done for the patient's own welfare and is not another way of profiteering.
People do not trust the vaccination program when they say that it is meant to protect and save your life and it is not another conspiracy theory.
There is so much distrust.
We know there are so many uncertainties. The treatment and vaccines are still on continuous trials and there is no clear answer to this pandemic.
But you have to have FAITH that there is goodness in our leaders and medical experts.
They make decisions that they think would be for the greater good of many. I am not saying that you will become a blind follower but at least be open-minded and not simply refute everything they say and do.
Sometimes we have to learn how to TRUST even if it doesn't make sense. We have to learn to trust even if it means putting our life on the line because just like the movie, it may be the only way we can beat this "monster."
Anyway, if you haven't seen the movie -- please watch Raya and The Last Dragon and you'll understand what I mean. :)
Until then, thank you for dropping by!