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Mulan – Movie Review (Spoiler Free)

Mulan is now available on Disney+ via Premier Access

After being delayed for several months, Disney’s live-action Mulan is skipping the theaters and headed straight to Video On Demand via Disney+ Premier Access. For those that don’t want to shell out, you can wait until December for this film to be available for free to all subscribers.

Synopsis

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 honored warrior, 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.

Visually beautiful, this live-action adaption strays away from what made Disney’s 1998 animated feature such a big hit. With no songs and no Mushu, younger kids and those that have a strong connection to Mulan will face disappointment.

Outside of the lead played by Liu Yifei, this movie has an all-star cast that consists of Tzi Ma, Donnie Chen, Jason Scott Lee, and Jet Li. Unfortunately, that was not enough to make this movie a success. I believe poor storytelling, pacing, and direction made this $200 million version of Mulan a flop for Disney standards. This could be Disney’s worst live-action adaptation which is unfortunate since it is such a great story and younger children may get bored watching.

There is not much heart and emotion to pull you into this movie until you get towards the end and the last act is where all the big action and excitement occur. There is though a surprising cameo that did put a big smile on my face and hopefully, all the Disney fans catch it.

Verdict

I give Mulan a 7/10 and I hope that all the families that decide to shell out the $30 to watch Mulan get their money’s worth from this lackluster blockbuster.

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