Saturday, September 5, 2020

Mulan the Live Movie Adaptation Deserves An Audience

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“You told me my journey was impossible. Yet here I stand, proof that there is a place for people like us."

Just finished the movie. Mulan the animation was the only Disney character I fell in love at a very young age. Growing up, I realized she was the only girl character that didn’t wait for a prince to rescue her. Mulan wasn’t rescued, she rescued them. She is the bravest soldier, and woman warrior, of them all.

"Mulan (2020) is a beautiful retelling of such a classic story. Fearlessly & vividly brought to life by Niki Caro’s superb direction & Yifei Liu’s stunning titular performance. Disney greatly succeeded by letting this “adaptation” live on its own terms. I am thankful for the escape! This movie took my mind away from this pandemic....even for just a short time. No talking dragon, a cricket and horse seemingly conversing with humans, no grandma, no ancestors spirits, and with the addition of a witch, and a symbolic phoenix but that's what makes it more relatable and interesting."

The movie was visually stunning and the story was beautiful. It is a masterpiece and completely worth the time. Empowering while staying true to many of the themes. I absolutely loved it and I highly recommend everyone watches it.

There’s a moment of 19 minutes into Disney’s 1998 film Mulan where the heroine takes a sword to her long black hair. Seeing this montage in the theaters, during my younger years, was the first moment I remembered feeling inspired by a film.

It’s definitely better then most of the other Disney remakes. I can say that I liked all the characters and they took creative liberties with the story so it wasn’t super predictable.

They added a Phoenix and a witch for no reason. Where is Muchu?Where is Shang? And Where is the grandma who added funny commentary?  I didn’t expect it to be exact, but c’mon, those were the fun parts...I understand that this is going to a more realistic version but when you take away the favorite characters, it doesn't feel the same.

I shouldn’t root for the bad guys but they look pretty bad ass on these horses and Bori Khan is on fire.

Let’s circle back to the fact that Chen Honghui shows hints of being attracted to Mulan way before she is revealed to be female. That’s pretty progressive for Disney.

“You told me my journey was impossible. Yet here I stand, proof that there is a place for people like us."

I also highly recommend to watch the one film that does stick to the Hua Mulan poem, and can live up to the dark themes.

A reminder that the 1998 Mulan is equally superior and also has the little dragon Mushu voiced by none other than Eddie Murphy. People complained about the lack of Mushu but the real crime was also cutting out the grandma, the cricket, her horse and the spirits of relatives.

Mushu was Mulan's guide because that’s how spirit guides work. It was more real life based on known cultures.

However, I have to say that Mulan, being a different film from the original, makes it so much better than the other live action Disney remakes. It’s a completely different experience and you’re not constantly comparing it to the original. It can stand as it’s own film.

.....and that's how you fight for your place in society.

"The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all" - Mulan

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