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MULAN (2020): The Things I Liked…

Mulan (2020), Yifei Liu, Walt Disney Studios
Mulan (2020), Yifei Liu, Walt Disney Studios

Even though I’m aware of the legend of Mulan, I’m not a hundred percent sure I’ve seen the classic animated version, before watching the new live-action film. What I’ve always been aware of however is how popular the story is – and that, combined with the stunning trailer visuals of the Niki Caro directed remake are the reasons I was always going to watch it.

As a fan of stories about underestimated characters who end up going far beyond all expectations, I enjoyed this element of the Mulan story. The tale of a young Chinese maiden who disguises herself as a male warrior to save her father.

The stunning visuals, vibrant colours and Yifei Liu’s physical performance as Mulan are the things that stood out most about Caro’s movie. There’s also the well-scored scene where the triumphant stair climb takes place.

The things I wish were different about Mulan include some of the editing, which didn’t quite flow as seamlessly in parts as I expected. For example, the transition from Mulan thinking about taking her father’s place, to the moment she’s in his armour felt oddly abrupt.

My main issue with Mulan is how oddly soulless it felt. For me, Caro’s film didn’t dive deeply into anything. I say this of course, as someone who hasn’t seen the animated Mulan movie. Nevertheless, I didn’t feel as emotionally captured by the story. At least not in any way close to how Cinderella (2015), my favourite Disney live-action movie made me feel. I still cheered for Mulan, yes. I only wish the story didn’t feel as surface-level as it did.

Watch Mulan if you’re curious and certainly for the visuals and gorgeous rich colours.

Happy Film Loving

G

MULAN (2020): New Official Trailer Starring Yifei Liu, Donnie Yen, Jet Li …

Mulan (2020), Yifei Liu, Walt Disney Studios
Mulan (2020), Yifei Liu, Walt Disney Studios

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Mulan (2020).


Mulan, the live-action Disney story about a young Chinese maiden who disguises herself as a male warrior in order to save her father has a new trailer.

Yifei Liu, Jet Li and Donnie Yen star while Niki Caro directs…

I’m surprised to find that I like the previous trailer better than this version. Something about it doesn’t have me quite as excited. Nevertheless, I’m still ready for the courageous, underestimated female warrior story.

Will Mulan cut off her beautiful dark locks as she does in the animated version of the movie? After seeing this trailer, I’m still not certain.

Rosalind Chao, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Li Gong, Jason Scott Lee, Tzi Ma, Ron Yuan and Yoson An also star.

Mulan Release Dates: September 4th, 2020 (US & UK)…

Happy Film Loving

G

MULAN (2020): New Trailer Starring Yifei Liu, Jet Li, Donnie Yen…

Mulan (2020), Yifei Liu, Walt Disney Studios
Mulan (2020), Yifei Liu, Walt Disney Studios

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Mulan (2020).


Starring Jet Li, Yifei Liu and Donnie Yen, the teaser trailer for the live-action version of Disney’s Mulan has landed.

Directed by Niki Caro, Mulan is the story of a young Chinese maiden who disguises herself as a male warrior in order to save her father…

This beautiful trailer has made me realise just how close 2020 actually is. I now can’t wait for the stunning visuals and the beautiful story of a courageous, underestimated female. No surprise then that I suddenly have the urge to start re-watching Disney’s Brave (2012).

I know that in the animated version, our powerful warrior definitely cuts off her beautiful hair – but I’m kind not mad that we didn’t see that here ( at least not for now) because her tresses are just so beautiful.

Li Gong, Jason Scott Lee, Rosalind Chao, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Tzi Ma, Ron Yuan and Yoson An also star.

Mulan Release Dates: August 21st, 2020 (US)…

Happy Film Loving

G

ROGUE ONE – A STAR WARS STORY (2016): The Latest Trailer Starring Felicity Jones, Ben Mendelsohn, Riz Ahmed…

Rogue One - A Star Wars Story (2016), Ben Mendelsohn
Rogue One – A Star Wars Story (2016), Ben Mendelsohn

The new Rogue One – A Star Wars Story trailer looks good and it definitely has less of a’low budget‘ feel compared to the teaser released back in April…

I’m thinking that the much reported about re-shoots helped do the trick.

Rogue One – A Star Wars Story Release Dates: December 16th, 2016 (US, UK, GER)…

Happy Film Loving🙂

G

ROGUE ONE – A STAR WARS STORY (2016): New From Felicity Jones, Forrest Whitaker, Riz Ahmed…

 

Rogue One - A Star Wars Story (2016), Felicity Jones
Rogue One – A Star Wars Story (2016), Felicity Jones

Rogue One – A Star Wars Story… That’s right; starring Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Forrest Whitaker and Genevieve O’reilly, we have another new Star Wars movie…

Teaser Trailer

Trailer 1

I’m going to admit that I’m not very excited about this one. But then again, I’m still yet to watch a single Star Wars film. Reason being, fantasy generally isn’t my favourite genre. Nevertheless, I couldn’t help but notice that the teaser trailer makes this film look more ‘low budget’ than Star Wars – Episode 7- The Force Awakens. it may be because it is.

Those who really love the franchise likely won’t agree, but I’m just thinking, isn’t this overkill? It still feels like The Force Awakens was released just yesterday.

Instead of J.J. Abrams, Gareth Edwards is directing. Riz Ahmed, Jonathan Aris and Donnie Yen also star.

Rogue One – A Star Wars Story Release Dates: December 16th, 2016 (US, UK, GER)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON – SWORD OF DESTINY (2016): New Trailer Starring Michelle Yeoh…

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - Sword Of Destiny (2016), Michelle Yeoh
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – Sword Of Destiny (2016), Michelle Yeoh

Today’s trailer has Netflix bringing us a sequel to 2000’s Ang Lee directed 4 time Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film, Best Cinematography, Best Original Film and Best Art Direction, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon…

Trailer 1

Trailer 2

Woo-Ping Yuen, rather than Ang Lee is the director of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword Of Destiny. 

With Michelle Yeoh returning as Sword Fighter Yu Shu Lien, I’m certainly hoping for something great. 

Release Date (s): February 8th, 2016 (Hong Kong & China), February 26th (US)…

Happy Film Loving

G