My Favorite Disney movie
Raw, straightforward, empowered and moving. Those words are what I can describe to the new version of Mulan 22 years after the original Disney animated movie. This is my honest review of one of my favorite Disney movies of all time. This is what I truly think of how the story developed and of course, spoilers alert! Mulan (2020) Movie Review: Do I like it or not? Keep reading!
The story is inspired by the original 1998 film of Disney. In this story, they did not imitate exactly how the story transpired in the original animated film, but seriously, I don’t mind. The theme is more of a serious vibe, a few puns but minimal and it is rated PG-13. The filmmaker, Niki Caro, brings the tale of China’s legendary warrior to life wherein she pursued to give honor to her family. The opening scene already got me hooked, to be honest! The story develops as the Northern invaders continue to wreak havoc across the villages of China which forced the Emperor of China to require each family to send one man to serve in the Imperial Army. Mulan took the identity as a man and renamed herself, “Hua Jun.”
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If you have watched the original movie, you would of course not forget the key roles of cricket and Mushu, the dragon. However, in this movie, they decided not to pull that off. I see the presence of Mushu here as the phoenix who has been guiding Mulan. There’s a new character as well, a witch, “Xian Lang.” She mirrored Mulan’s qualities except she’s a witch and served the enemy, “Bori Khan.” They also eliminated Mulan’s grandmother for this new movie. The fellow soldiers of Fa Mulan are quite funny. I remember the scene when they described their ideal woman to marry. This is so significant to the joyous scene in the original animated movie.
I have heard some bad light about the actress who played this role, Liu Yifei, but allow me to stick to the movie and my purpose of writing a review. With all due respect, I like how she played the role of Hua Mulan. She portrays an empowered woman that takes on a role that is challenging and risky. Tears rimmed my eyes in the scene when she was talking to her father who is preparing for the training the night before. My heart beats so fast as she embarked on the first battle and had a swift battle with the witch. I was so inspired by her wit, her skill and perseverance as she did not stop herself to be heard by the Commander. She was given a chance to lead. She was not singled out and pushed away, and that is fulfilling.
At the beginning of the blog, I said I think the movie is raw and straightforward. I think I just appreciate the cinematography, the story itself, to be not overwhelmed with unnecessary theatrics and all-out visual effects. The interpretation of the witch’s powers and the gleaming, soaring Phoenix are enough. The fight scenes, I find it impeccable, strong, well-choreographed without looking fake. Now, that’s my judgment as someone who knows less about martial arts but just appreciates the joy of watching the movie that is close to my childhood! “There is no courage without fear,” says the father of Mulan, Fa Zhou. I’d like to carry those words as I go on with my life. Fear inevitably leads us to be courageous in every challenge we take on. Loyal, Brave and True, these are the virtues that describe a soldier. Mulan added a virtue, “Devotion to Family,” which I think fits the qualities of every Asian woman, a Filipina who works and takes care of her family. Truly, up to this day, the expectation for a woman is to marry and bear a child as soon as she hits 20 something or whatever, well, I am turning 30 next year but I am happy as long as I serve to give honor to my family by pursuing to be successful and empowered woman each day. Also, Mulan stood to be a soldier for her father who can barely walk. I am my father’s sight as my dad can barely see right now. I wish for his successful operation soon. That’s how much I can resonate with myself to the character of Mulan.
Honestly, I was moved. Don’t judge me. We have our own interpretation in the world of arts and film. Have you watched the 1998 film? Have you watched the latest? Let me know your thoughts below!