When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Chinese Army to defend the country from Huns, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. She is spirited, determined and quick on her feet. Disguised as a man by the name of Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her innermost strength and embrace her true potential.
Mulan is a 2020 American action drama film produced by Walt Disney Pictures. It is a live-action adaptation of Disney’s 1998 animated film of the same name, based on the Chinese folklore “The Ballad of Mulan”.
The film stars Yifei Liu in the title role, alongside Donnie Yen, Tzi Ma, Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An, Ron Yuan, Gong Li, and Jet Li in supporting roles. It is directed by Niki Caro, with screenplay by Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Lauren Hynek, and Elizabeth Martin. Some factual information on Mulan would be that, Disney instead premiered the film on September 4, 2020, on Disney+ for a premium fee in countries where the service had launched.
It will have a traditional theatrical release in countries without Disney+, where theaters have re-opened. The film received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised the action sequences, visuals, and performances, but criticized the screenplay.Mulan
In rural imperial China, Hua Mulan is an adventurous and active girl, to the disappointment of her mother who hopes that one day she will be wed to a good husband. Once Mulan reaches young adulthood, she is forced to meet with a matchmaker and bring honor to her family.
As China is at brink of war, Imperial soldiers arrive in Mulan’s village to enlist recruits, and her elderly and frail father, Zhou, is forced into the ranks as he is son-less.
Mulan realizes that her father has no chance of survival, flees with his armor, horse, and sword to join in his place under disguise. Mulan arrives at the training camp, which is run by Commander Tung, who had previously served with Zhou in the previous war.
Mulan hides her gender and succeeds in training. Mulan follows the journey of it’s lead Hua Mulan into accepting who she really is instead of hiding away.
First things first, Mulan and Niki Caro should get credit that they managed to make Mulan on actual sets and shot the film in live location. One thing Disney Live Action Remakes have managed to do is that they have made the whole thing totally shot on Sound stages and with abundance of CGI.
Although this is a good thing for Mulan, but that doesn’t make it a great movie. For a film which wanted to realistically depict war totally fails to do so.
The approach of having a war with no blood because Disney is your producer doesn’t work at all.One thing Mulan has going for it, is it’s Cast of Actors. Donnie Yen to Gong Li are such strong actors and because they have such star power helps Yifei Liu pop on screen.
It also is a great nod that Ming-Na Wen also showed up in a cameo which acknowledges the original animated Mulan of 1988. However great it is to see Jet Li as the emperor, it is also a straight loss that an actor of Jet Li’s caliber is wasted in a role such as that of the emperor in Mulan.
Mulan in comparison to it’s Original Animated Mulan fares on the low end of the spectrum. The original animated movies from Disney are such pillars in film making that these live action reboots instead of building upon the mythos manages to only seem as Cash Cows.
The only good Remakes that Disney has managed to put out is that of The Jungle Book. Mulan however manages to do something different from the original film couldn’t really establish that as it tries to please both parties.
If there’s one thing Disney Animated movies of the 90s are known for, are the songs. Mulan again has some iconic songs which are not at all mentioned in the actual film. Niki Caro revealed that the Mulan remake won’t feature any songs from the original film; Mulan instead will feature instrumental versions of the original film’s songs.
Niki Caro later explained that the songs were deleted because she felt it didn’t fit with her realistic vision of the film, she believes that since people do not break out into song as they enter war, the film should not either. Though she still tried to “honour the music from the animation in a very significant way”,she did not want to disrespect the original film in any way, however, she claimed she could not find a place to squeeze in the original music.
Producer Jason T. Reed clarified Caro’s previous statement by saying that the songs will be featured “in a slightly different way” in the remake.There’s one song which makes the cut by appearing towards the end of the credit sequence of Mulan, Christina Aguilera, who previously performed an end-credits version of “Reflection” for the original film, confirmed during a performance in The Xperience that she had recorded a new version of “Reflection”, as well as new material for the remake’s soundtrack.New site 2 https://www.roymovies.com/