With all the controversies haunting this film, my first thought was “Can Mulan be successful on a serious note? And my second was, “How are they going to make this work without Mushu?” Because most Disney characters have sidekicks that bring comedic flavor to their films. You know, Aladdin had Abu, Jafar and Iago, Rapunzel and Pascal, then finally, Flynn Rider and Maximus; just to name a few. But, if it’s a serious film, then Mushu wouldn’t fit anyway.
Without giving away the spoiler…It worked without Mushu; sorry Mushu. But you will find a bit of a surprise in that department. And the serious note was from a cultural perspective with which Fa Mulan clashes as did our main character in Disney’s original release.
Labelled under the genre “Live Action”, Mulan did not disappoint by living up to that expectation admirably. With an all star cast, Niki Caro took Mulan to the next level in Disney’s signature style and grandeur. The costumes, imagery, special effects and action sequences are bar none.
If you are curious about the differences and similarities. I will say this Mulan is a mixture of both, yet managed to stay true to the basic theme of the original film. When will our reflections show who we are inside?
Mulan proved that being true to yourself may cause some difficulties and hardships. But if you can persevere and overcome those difficulties and hardships; victory will outweigh them all. We should never fail to remember the Four Pillars of Virtue: Loyal, Brave, True and Devotion to Family.
We must be who we are—letting that truth shine through. Then and only then will “Truth” be seen by all men.
You may leave home in disgrace, but can return a hero with great honor if you carry the Four Pillars of Virtue in your heart.
A man’s gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men. (Proverbs 18:16)
Originally released September 4, 2020 (USA), Mulan is 115 min and rated PG-13. Mulan is now available to watch on Disney Plus. If you don’t have a Disney Plus membership, the movie is also available to buy on most on-demand digital retailers, including Amazon, Vudu, and FandangoNow.
Director: Niki Caro
Writers: Rick Jaffa (screenplay by), Amanda Silver (screenplay by), Elizabeth Martin(screenplay by) and Lauren Hynek.
Stars: Yifei Liu, Donnie Yen, Li Gong, Jet Li, and Jason Scott Lee.
The negative reviews against this film are more political than performance. Covid and controversy overshadowed the creative genius of this film; which has positive attributes we can all walk away with. Therefore, we give Mulan
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