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Mulan

Published September 4, 2020

Mulan

Film info

  • Title Mulan
  • Director Niki Caro
  • Year 2020
  • Run time 1hr 55m
  • Genres Action, War, Fantasy, Drama
  • Tagline A young woman risks all to be a great Chinese warrior

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 honoured warror, 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.

Live blog

TimeComment
1:00“A young shoot, all green.”
3:45Ooh, Mulan could be a new Tomb Raider with moves like that.
5:45“Chi is for warriors, not daughters.” Not mutually exclusive things.
9:14Well that made me dizzy.
13:37I’m impressed by the straight line of her make up.
18:39Not as auspicious as they thought.
30:36It’s always the voice that lets them down. Same as in She’s The Man.
33:59“We’re going to make men out of every single one of you.” I mean…
35:50This is a really good training montage.
42:12That water must be so cold! Not a nice bath.
48:15They make such good shapes, it’s an art.
50:52Of course the water is hard and the distance crazy, but it’s the uneven steps that get me. I’d fall off the mountain.
57:35That thundering noise of hooves is really terrifying.
1:01:08Looks like we have yellow shirts rather than red shirts in this one.
1:08:48She’s a smartie pants. I like it.
1:10:51Chi did it!
1:16:44Her horse is some kind of duracell bunny, it gets no rest.
1:23:23That training montage was really effective!
1:30:05Aww, she did say it was too late for her.
1:35:37Ming-Na!
1:44:44“The girl became a soldier, the soldier became a leader, and the leader became a legend.”

Thoughts

Mulan is one of the Disney movies that passed me by but we were intrigued by this Premier Access thing on Disney+ so had to test it out. I know there have been some complaints that this remake doesn’t feature any of the songs from the original animated musical, but I actually quite liked that. It was a bit more serious in tone because of that.

It wasn’t perfect - there were a lot of moments where I thought, ooh a bit Matrix, yep gone a bit Bond, etc. But you can’t really fault a story where a woman is incredibly awesome, proves everyone wrong and shows that misogyny only serves to get your emperor killed.

Some elements of it made me a bit dizzy, walking up walls and spinning round a building site made my head fizz a bit, but overall, it was a good movie with a lot of heart. Very Disney. Very good.

Rating: 4 / 5

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