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Plot: 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.
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Disappointing watch, probably won’t watch again, and can’t recommend.
I finally see what everyone is freaking out about this movie. Mostly, it is because it just left all the spirit of the first movie behind and started over.
They made a conscious effort to ditch the goofiness, and magic animals of the first one to do a more gritty and real version, like a DC movie. After those decisions, they also chose to reintroduce actual magic, but mostly for the villains, who had slightly better women’s rights(?).
I’ll be honest, the movie itself wasn’t interesting enough to follow completely. For instance, I know “Mushu” was replaced with a phoenix, but I have no idea what happened to it.
Mulan also is outed much sooner in this, but basically skirts execution about 3 different times because of her accomplishments with a much more laid back atmosphere than it was in the 1998 version.
Despite all the money poured into the movie that keeps it from being a bad movie, it just doesn’t feel good. While it is wonderous at times, it just lacks the heart warming charm that one would expect from a Disney movie.
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As you might now, this remake is one of my most anticipated movies of 2020 (list here). I’ve at least “liked” almost every remake Disney has delivered so far, so I was incredibly excited that 1998’s Mulan was getting the same treatment. Niki Caro made it clear this would be an entirely different version of the story we all know and love. A more realistic take on the Chinese tale, one that removes all songs and fan-favorite characters like Mushu, which instantly impacted expectations, varying tremendously from person to person. People who would love a remake quite similar to the original will enter the film already slightly discouraged. However, to everyone who complained about Disney copying their original IP, Mulan might be their best chance to like a remake from the studio.
In my opinion, a remake should have a bit of both. It must keep the original’s essence and message while delivering something that distinguishes it from the former. Any remake must always prove the reasons behind its existence. It must have something that makes the viewers think: “I like this part that’s not in the original”. Aladdin has a new arc given to Jasmine. Beauty and the Beast provides Beast with a better-developed storyline. Even The Lion King, a remake that convinced many people to call it a shot-for-shot (it isn’t), presents a groundbreaking visual experience that’s incomparable to the original. Therefore, I was genuinely hyped for Mulan and what Niki Caro could bring with her more pragmatic cut…
I can’t deny it: I feel extremely disappointed. In my review of the original movie, I mention how epic and cinematic it feels. It was one of the aspects I looked forward to the most in this new version. Despite the beautiful set design and some painting-like shots, this is the first time a Disney’s live-action remake loses to its original regarding its visuals. The 2D animation from more than twenty years ago feels superior in every single aspect. There’s only one shot in the entire remake that I would put in the original, and I bet it would look and feel a lot more emotionally significant. The action sequences are unimaginative and incredibly disjointed. Except for a few great war moments, most action scenes are packed with excessive CGI, a badly employed HFR (high frame rate), and overediting.
In fact, the editing (David Coulson) is weirdly overworked throughout the entire runtime, cutting too much and omitting sequences that were supposed to significantly impact the narrative. From character-defining moments to simple connections between scenes, it feels like the film is hiding something. I constantly needed to rely on my knowledge of the original to remember why certain moments are meaningful to a character or to the story itself because this remake straight-up removes these moments without replacing them with something else. Even in chronological terms, it’s clumsily put together, jumping from location to location without actually showing the characters moving from one place to another.
Finally, as my last remark on the technical aspects, Harry Gregson-Williams’ score is partially also a letdown. Like the rest of the movie, there are some nice touches and lovely homages to the songs everyone cherishes, especially Reflection. I had already mentalized myself to ignore the absence of songs because I believed Harry would find a way to replace them with a similarly grand score that I would definitely enjoy. However, Mulan’s score fails not only to elevate a single battle sequence but also to deliver that cinematic atmosphere that I was looking forward to so much. I didn’t get chills during the entire film. It didn’t transform any big character moments. Maybe watching it on IMAX instead of at home might improve my opinion, but I doubt that.
Story-wise, it’s a mixed bag for me. Niki Caro promised a more realistic take, totally different from the original, and she undoubtedly accomplished that. This is the furthest from the original any Disney remake has been, by far. From the replacement of characters to an overall change to the main narrative, Mulan is more faithful to the original Chinese tale than the 1998’s flick, but that doesn’t mean it’s better, much on the contrary. The essence and message are there but told through a distinct perspective, which some people will find hard to accept, especially hardcore fans of the original movie. However, I do believe that Hua Mulan still carries the characteristics that made me care about her.
Her courage and bravery to go to war in order to save her father from certain death. Her love and devotion to her family, who she wants to honor. Hua Mulan doesn’t want to just be the wife of some random man nor be imprisoned by dated stereotypes. This is all in the remake but told through the lenses of a protagonist who already has everything she needs to lead a nation. This is the main difference character-wise, but one that doesn’t affect the nature of the original. However, it impacts the remake itself. While all of this sounds amazing, Mulan sort of contradicts itself by making her main character feel unique and different from everyone else, distancing her more from people than actually embracing her.
Like I already mentioned above, this is an entirely altered version of the story everyone knows. I do welcome every change made, including the removal of Mushu, Cri-Kee, and all of the singing. However, if something’s removed, something else has to replace it in some shape or form. Once again, I have mixed feelings. Some additions, like the introduction of Chi and the witch Xian Lang (Gong Li), are refreshing but poorly developed throughout the runtime. The vital energy force is connected to my issue with the “be yourself” message, while the character not only follows a predictable arc, but it diminishes Bori Khan’s (Jason Scott Lee) menacing presence.
The ending feels remarkably underwhelming as well. Not only the climactic fight between Hua Mulan and Bori Khan fails to live up to expectations, but it’s executed in a visually disheartening fashion. I expected this remake to feel grand, magnificent, epic, and cinematic, just like its original or even better. It’s far from that. The acting could also be better. Liu Yifei is fantastic as Hua Mulan, Yoson An offers a subtle yet efficient interpretation of Chen Honghui, and the actors who portray Yao (Chen Tang), Ling (Jimmy Wong), and Chien-Po (Doua Moua) are also amusing. However, Donnie Yeng as Commander Tung and Jet Li as The Emperor are embarrassingly bland, while Jason Scott Lee is visually perfect casting as the main villain, but he’s not able to shine.
In the end, Mulan is the most disappointing remake Disney has made so far and by far. Even though Niki Caro delivers the realistic, distinct take that was promised, its execution feels inferior to the original animated film in every single way. Technically and visually, it’s the first live-action remake from the respective studio that loses in almost every aspect to the 2D animation from more than twenty years ago. The 1998’s movie is far more epic and cinematic than its remake. The disjointed editing is overworked to the point of omitting and skipping through character-defining moments. The action scenes are packed with unnecessary CGI that takes away from the war set pieces, which also look small in scale. The musical score isn’t able to replace the songs from the original, overflowing the film with a weirdly empty feeling. Despite Liu Yifei delivering a good performance as the protagonist as well as a few of her colleagues, the acting is pretty mediocre overall. Story-wise, it’s a mixed bag. It’s an undoubtedly unique version, the furthest that a Disney’s remake has ever been from its original, which will instantly upset some and please others. I praise the courage and bravery in producing such a different version. There are dozens of new additions that I sincerely appreciate, but their execution lacks emotional impact, ultimately being decisions inferior to the ones of the original. The message and essence of the original are still present through another perspective, which is the best compliment I can give to an otherwise quite disappointing remake…
It wasn’t that bad
Those who say this is worse than the “original”, the “original” is Chinese folk lore. And I promise you the “original” folk lore didn’t have funny looking talking Phoenix. All Disney live action get worse reviews than the cartoon version because they saw the cartoon version first. And this movie is also a victim of that.
But as old as the “original” folk tale is there obviously are many versions. This live version certainly is different way of telling the famous story and I think it succeeded in doing so. They didn’t try to turn it into a musical which I am soooo glad.
It’s not perfect, they tried to mix Chinese action and Disney which didn’t seem to work. But the acting was good in general and certainly was entertaining.
Disney, what are you DOING!?!
Uch, it was bad. And I had high hopes for this one, at least as an action film. But nope, it was an all around mess. First of all, it’s Woke (of course it is), but that’s only the start of the problems. Sometimes they have lame fighting styles, other times they just randomly throw in something out of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and not in a good way, but it’s all really boring. They also took out all the interesting characters, like Mushu, Shang, Cricket, Mulan’s grandmother, Mulan’s 3 army friends, and instead we get these pointless nobodies who have little to no role other than simply being there. They even gave Mulan a sister, but she adds absolutely nothing; you can take her out of the movie and it changes nothing. Oh, and there’s no Shan Yu either, instead we get these two generic, boring villains with no character. And let’s not forget the inclusion of chi and actual magic and witchcraft. And, of course, Mulan is an overpowered Mary Su who, even as a child, was performing moves that would put Jacki Chan to shame. I mean, why not give her actual development in training and stuff to show her becoming a good fighter when you can just make her super OP Mary Sue right off the bat, right? The acting itself is bland, and even the dialogue is horrible. Everyone talks in these tone-deaf monotone voices with no emotion in them. You really feel nothing for any these characters. The movie has none of the charm of the original, and they don’t even have any of the songs. Seriously, the movie is an utter disaster, and completely boring. They would have been better off doing a shot-for-shot remake like they did with the live-action Lion King. Get your act together, Disney, you’re sinking your own ship.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 55 min (115 min)
Genre Action, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Director Niki Caro
Writer Rick Jaffa (screenplay by), Amanda Silver (screenplay by), Lauren Hynek (screenplay by), Elizabeth Martin (screenplay by), Anonymous (suggested by: the narrative poem “The Ballad of Mulan”)
Actors Yifei Liu, Donnie Yen, Li Gong, Jet Li
Country USA, Canada, Hong Kong
Awards Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 38 nominations.
Production Company Walt Disney Pictures
Sound Mix Dolby Atmos, DTS, Dolby Digital, IMAX 6-Track, IMAX 6-Track (in selected theatres)
Aspect Ratio 2.39 : 1
Camera Arri Alexa 65, Panavision Sphero 65 Lenses, Arri Alexa LF, Panavision Sphero 65 Lenses
Laboratory EFilm (digital intermediate), The Rebel Fleet, Auckland, NZ (dailies)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format Codex
Cinematographic Process ARRIRAW (4.5K) (6.5K) (source format), Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Dolby Vision
Printed Film Format D-Cinema (also 3-D version)