Eventually the movie Raya gets to a goid mental health space. However, throughout the movie you are constantly clobbered over the head with the phrase that “you can’t trust anyone.” Everyone is capable of lying and seems to do so. Raya- the protagonist in a mystical world of dragons- is repeatedly betrayed. While the animation is beautiful, with so much mistrust, the movie comes off a bit too heavy on the doom and gloom. This is reversed entirely, of course, at the end of the movie. In this way, you built up a grand wish for them all to come to see the good in one another so that they can save the world together.
As you watch such a movie, you can’t help but think of the times you have been lied to and how a bucket of mistrust builds up within you. It becomes easy to expect lies and betrayal but that makes life hard to navigate. You can go by the mantra trust but vetify and it creates some ease and space. Or as this movie statrd, sometimes you have to make the first move to trust even when you are not sure you are ready to do so. That can end up being high risk and great failure. It can also end up being high risk and great reward. ‘Tis the season of giving. Maybe one can try.