With the the Disney Live Action remakes in full swing over the last decade, from The Lion King to Cinderella, Mulan is getting the same treatment in 2020.
But the question on everybody’s mind in anticipation for the films release is:
Will it be good?
Or is it going to suck?
The live action Disney remakes have been nothing short of controversial to so many different people, for so many different reasons.
Here are some of the usual complaints by movie goers of the recent Disney Live Action movies (to name a few) such as:
Cinderella – “no music like the original!”
The Lion King – “just a shot for shot remake!”
Aladdin – “it’s not the same without Robin Williams!”
Beauty and The Beast – “they used auto tune to make Emma Watson sing!”
I get it, and you know what in the digital age and with the power of social media our eyes and ears are often more attracted to criticism than praise.
It really doesn’t matter or nor is it important whether who is right or wrong, but these movies all have one thing in common:
THEY ALL HOLD SPECIAL PLACES IN PEOPLE’S HEARTS!
Yes, I grew up on Disney, and am a huge fan!
In fact I love everything Disney, from the theme parks, to the merchandise, the music and so on.
As an adult, I want the next generation to love it as much as I did!
And Disney is doing a good job of that by appealing to both the young and older audiences with these live action remakes.
However, whenever I would step into the theatres to watch these live action movies, the following thoughts would always cross my mind:
“Oh I cannot wait how they are going to make (insert beloved moment/character from the animated version) that in this live action.”
“Oh I cannot wait to sing that song again.”
“Oh I cannot wait to hear that joke or monologue again.”
And so on, and so on.
Now I am not in any stretch of the imagination HATING these movies, I mean look at the box office, they average a billion per movie they remake!
So as a business just from that alone (ignoring merchandise), they are absolutely killing it, and probably they always will.
But are these movies actually any good?
For me, as much as the nostalgia gets me through the door and obviously being a fan of the company so much will make me biased, but I am more intrigued for this upcoming Mulan.
I can sit here and list all the reasons I love the original Mulan animated movie from the 90’s.
The story is amazing:
“Fearful that her ailing father will be drafted into the Chinese military, Mulan (Ming-Na Wen) takes his spot — though, as a girl living under a patriarchal regime, she is technically unqualified to serve.
She cleverly impersonates a man and goes off to train with fellow recruits.
Accompanied by her dragon, Mushu, she uses her smarts to help ward off a Hun invasion, falling in love with a dashing captain along the way.”
The voice is acting incredible:
From the singers to Eddie Murphy himself, it just is a masterpiece of acting. I cannot fault anybody in this movie at all.
The songs are so catchy and timeless
The songs “Reflection,” and “Make a Man out of You,” are songs I occasionally will catch up with again on Spotify as they are just so damn perfect!
Visually stunning movie
The colours capturing the look and feel of ancient China (particularly also the fact it is hand drawn), literally blows my mind.
But to compare it to the new movie (without seeing it), is what I have done for all these live remakes.
I knew what I was going to see, and expected it.
Don’t forget what you are doing is seeing pretty much the same movie, just rehashed in shiny 4K and with up to date CGI.
However, this brand new Mulan is taking a different approach;
It’s a new-ish story compared to the animation.
Completely new cast.
Also a completely Asian cast from the looks of things, which makes me even more excited about this film!
There will be no music or singing (this is not a bad idea trust me).
Mulan is traditionally a war story, so making it grittier and focusing on realism (despite there being allegedly being a witch in this), is fine by me!
Visually stunning judging by the trailers.
Bringing ancient China to live, and the landscape, wardrobes, all if makes it look beautiful.
Mushu is no longer a dragon but a Phoenix
Why do we want to see an older Eddie Murphy reprise his iconic role for live action? I am happy to see something new! Keep the original as it was.
Disney are taking a huge gamble on Mulan by making it one thing they haven’t with their predecessors: DIFFERENT.
I myself am all for that, I like there is no songs, I like that the story is slightly different (she has a sister in this movie now), and I trust the house of mouse to get this one right!
Because Disney are master storytellers, and let’s be honest did many people know the story of Mulan back when it was released?
Well maybe you did, I certainly didn’t.
And this time as I step into the movies, I will be more excited because whilst there will be call-backs and some familiar things to the original I am sure I will be seeing a brand new story.
That is why potentially (I could be wrong), Mulan may be the best live action to date when it gets released this year.
But who knows, I’m no psychic but yet I just have a really good feeling about it.
Also strangely Disney throughout recent history have struggled with Box Office success in the Chinese market.
However surprisingly the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is so popular over there! – Who would have thought?!
So they will be desperately hoping to have their first real success over in China (in terms of Disney ‘princess’ movies), with this adaptation of Mulan.
Disney’s Mulan will release in theaters worldwide 27th March 2020.
The film stars Liu Yifei as the eponymous character, alongside Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An, Gong Li, and Jet Li in supporting roles.