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.
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.
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.