Mulan is a 2020 American fantasy action drama film and is the live-action adaptation of Disney's traditionally-animated 1998 film of the same name. It was directed by Niki Caro and written by Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Lauren Hynek and Elizabeth Martin. Plans for a live-action remake began in 2010 but the project stalled in development hell before filming finally began in August 2018.
The film was scheduled to have a wide theatrical release, but it was delayed multiple times as a result of the currently-ongoing COVID-19 pandemic; it was ultimately released on Disney+ on September 4, 2020.
Plot: When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. Masquerading as a man, Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her inner-strength and embrace her true potential. It is an epic journey that will transform her into an honored warrior and earn her the respect of a grateful nation... and a proud father.
Why it rocks :
1: it was better than the stupid movie the lion king live action flim
2: Unlike several of the previous Disney live-action remakes whose plots are simply carbon-copies of their original counterparts, this film's plot at least tries to be different from the original and bring something new and fresh, whilst giving itself a more realistic and darker tone.
3: The action scenes are passable, despite their issues.
4: Bori Khan's motives of his intentions to take over China was fleshed out, and his motivation for all of this was that his father was executed by the Emperor, whereas Shan Yu only wanted to take over China in the original film due to a lust for power.
5: Despite the phoenix being a rather unnecessary character, the idea of a phoenix being Mulan's guardian is amazing symbolism for her character and matches her personality perfectly.
6: The scenery and environments are visually spectacular whenever the computer-generated imagery doesn't heavily get in the way.
7: Aside from Liu Yifei and some specific actors, several of the other actors, specifically Gong Li, Yoson An and Jet Li, give great performances.
8: Despite her acting being rather mediocre, Liu Yifei was a decent casting choice to play the titular character.
9: Great musical score by Harry Gregson-Williams, who composed the Shrek films.
10: The new Christina Aguilera songs "Loyal, Brave, True" and the brand new arrangement of "Reflection" are great.
11: Some of the new characters are quite interesting, such as Chen Honghui and Sergeant Qiang.
12: Ming-Na Wen's brief cameo was one of the very few decent things about this movie.
Specific story elements from the original film are absent here, which can lead to people having to rely on watching the original film in order to understand what is going on.
- Several iconic and memorable scenes are also absent, including when Mulan prepares to join the army the night before; as a result of the absence of these scenes, the film feels less impactful than it should be.
Numerous characters from the original film are missing, specifically the spirits of Mulan's ancestors, Cri-kee and, most infamously, Mushu and fan-favorite Li Shang.
- Mushu, a dragon (a symbol of masculinity), on the other hand, is replaced with a Phoenix (a symbol of femininity), which does nothing else other than guide Mulan as to where she needs to go. As a result, the phoenix only exists just to advance the plot.