Rent Mulan (2020)

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1h 50min
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Synopsis:
In Disney's Mulan, a fearless young woman risks everything out of love for her family and her country to become one of the greatest warriors China has ever known.
Actors:
, , , , , , , , , , , Jun Yu, , , , , , Crystal Rao, Elena Askin, Vincent Feng
Directors:
Producers:
Chris Bender, Tendo Nagenda, Jason Reed, Jake Weiner
Writers:
Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Elizabeth Martin, Lauren Hynek, Anonymous
Aka:
Disney's Mulan
Studio:
Walt Disney
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Children & Family, Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
BBFC:
Release Date:
10/11/2020
Run Time:
110 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description, Spanish
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing, Spanish
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
BBFC:
Release Date:
10/11/2020
Run Time:
115 minutes
Languages:
English Audio Description Dolby Digital 2.0, English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1, Spanish DTS 5.1
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing, Spanish
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
(0) All
Bonus:
  • Updating a Classic
  • 'Mulan' by Another Name
  • Being Bad
  • Reflections of 'Mulan'
  • The Original 'Mulan'
  • Deleted Scenes
  • And More!
BBFC:
Release Date:
10/11/2020
Run Time:
115 minutes
Languages:
English Audio Description Dolby Digital 2.0, English Dolby Atmos, German Dolby Digital Plus 7.1, Italian Dolby Digital Plus 7.1, Japanese Dolby Digital Plus 7.1, Spanish Dolby Digital Plus 7.1
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
(0) All

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Reviews (5) of Mulan

Disney children’s epic - Mulan review by Alphaville

Spoiler Alert
29/11/2020

This is a family film complete with mawkish sentimentality, slapstick and bloodless battle scenes, so don’t expect a Kurasawa-type adult epic. Everything in it, from interiors to skin tones has had the life airbrushed out of it to look like a child’s picture book. The theme of female empowerment is lathered on but seems somewhat at odds with the Chinese government-friendly message of bringing honour to the family.

With bland dialogue and disappointing action scenes, it nevertheless remains surprisingly watchable. Reasons for staying awake include the lovingly photographed Chinese landscape, supporting characters played by action stalwarts such as Donnie Yen and Jet Li and, above all, the gobsmacking incongruity of the whole project. There’s even a warbling pop song over the end credits to send you away bemused.

1 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Terrible film - don't bother - Mulan review by CD

Spoiler Alert
07/02/2021

We were really looking forward to watching this as we had enjoyed the Disney animation years ago. However, this version has no narrative, is overrun with special effects that don't add anything to the story and is just a complete muddle.

We would recommend watching the original Disney animation which is funny, has a proper narrative and is a really enjoyable family film.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Don´t bother - Mulan review by SG

Spoiler Alert
23/04/2021

The original was hilarious, this version doesn´t get anywhere near a movie worth your time.

The story has been stripped of everything which made the cartoon great and is overly relying on special effects.

We did not finish it, switched it off after 30 mins and returned it. Watched the cartoon instead (for the nth time) and loved it as much as we did the first time!

Disney has lost its way

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

Mulan (aka Disney's Mulan) review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

The Disney live-action retreads are in a tricky spot when tapping their classic animated films for more movies with notoriety. They mostly gain a ton of ire for either merely duplicating elements of the original film or not including elements of the original film. The studio simply can’t win with the scrutinizing Disney adults. But if they must continue making these movies for money (which they still make quite the cash-cow), I at least appreciate that something like Mulan can venture outside the typical comfort zone of its source material.

The initial premise is similar to that of the original animated movie, sans that sassy comedy and musical numbers. Mulan (Yifei Liu) resides in a Chinese village where war is on the horizon and her father is drafted but is quite ill. Taking this as a moment to prove herself, Mulan disguises herself as a man and enlists as a male member of her household for military training and preparing for battle. She tries to conceal her identity from the strict Commander Tung (Donnie Yen) but doing so will be quite difficult. She’ll also have to contend with the sinister forces of the merciless warrior Böri Khan (Jason Scott Lee) and the dark magic of Xian Lang (Gong Li).

Mulan marks one of the more serious attempts by Disney to amplify a different tone from the familiar animated classics. Personally, I’m all for this approach. Instead of just performing new renditions of the iconic songs that will be held up to very high scrutiny, do away with it and just try to stage a compelling wire-work action picture. And for the most part, that’s what Mulan attempts. Some of it works but there’s a whole lot of extra stuff that doesn’t quite hit the mark.

Aiming less for comedy, the dragon of Mushu who was voiced by Eddie Murphy is not present in this picture. For many, this seemed to signal that Disney was trying to veer away from the fantastical and craft a more believable period war epic of Chinese culture. Those who made such a theory were dismayed to learn of Xian Lang transforming into a phoenix and Mulan possessing magical powers. This not only robs the film of being set further in reality but also makes Mulan’s underdog nature less inspiring when her apparent powers were always there, even if the film tries to stress the point about not being afraid to be who you are.

Thematically, Mulan is quite a troubling film to this degree and I don’t want to discount those issues. There’s a conflict in such a presentation that doesn’t feel as fully explored or elaborated on to make the moral lesson punch harder. What does work about the film is the action, which is most likely going to be the heaviest selling point. It’s not the finest of sword-fighting and archery but it is competently staged and even takes exaggerated risks here and there. Mulan’s climactic fight with Khan, in particular, is a scene that will either be the most absurdly entertaining moment or the final nail in the film’s coffin for some.

This Mulan is merely a mixed bag of solid sequences caked on to disguise a thematically adrift picture. It gets the job done of crafting some fine action and compelling character drama more so than previous live-action Disney retreads. But in terms of straying away from making baffling choices that will send Disney fans going to Defcon-5 in their fandom comparisons, these films have a ways to go if they ever want to be more than a predictable template.

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