I fucking hated this
If your kinks are as follows; cringe, anxiety, and claustrophobia - then this is your next hour and 17 minutes wrapped up in a box. Have fun!
Raya and the Last Dragon has a lot of positives to unpack; surprisingly excellent worldbuilding with different factions & cities, fantastic composition from James Newton Howard, and very competent animation - which is standard procedure for this studio at this point. While Raya herself largely works as the protaganist, she isn't anything we haven't seen before, and unfortunetly, the same can be said about the story. It follows a very familiar premise of betrayal, friendship and trust - with a plot…
Tender, beautiful and simple, Minari tells a story about familial turmoil and immigrational struggles. Aptly named after a Korean flora that can be planted just about anywhere, Lee Isaac Chung's semi-autobiography portrays how to adapt and overcome as one, wherever you are in the world. While Steven Yeun is rapidly becoming one of my favourite male acts, I'd like to highlight Youn Yuh-jung's performance as Soonja and whom I hope won't be overlooked. Mosseri's soothing composition cemented this heartfelt drama as one of the best films of 2020. For every other filmmaker attempting to win an award this season, this is the one to beat.