Opportunity wasted - 5/10

by The Movies Critic

Mulan is a 2020 action adventure film directed by Niki Caro. It is a live-action adaptation of Disney's 1998 animated film of the same name. The film stars Liu Yifei in the title role, alongside Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An, Gong Li, and Jet Li in supporting roles. To save her ailing father from serving in the Imperial Army, a fearless young woman disguises herself as a man to battle northern invaders in China.

I can't say that this film surpasses the animated original in any way, and it’s probably one of the worst if not the worst remake they’ve done. This version doesn’t carry the music and some characters from the animated version like Muchu. Instead, they added a witch and a Phoenix. Additionally, the transitions from one scene to the next weren’t the best.

The biggest issue with the film is the characters, they just exist with no real development. Other than the character of Mulan, none of the characters gave any real backstory or emotion. Visually this movie is shot incredibly, with some amazing locations. The fight choreography was okay, it was as if I’m watching a Bollywood film, and in general almost everything felt unrealistic. For a 200 million dollars film, it had much more potential. Overall, Mulan is a mediocre film and it’s somewhat enjoyable, it passes time so watch it if you’re interested.

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