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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP03 Sep 2020 8:44 p.m. PST

"Mulan is an epic martial arts film that knocks previous remakes of beloved Disney animated classics off their magic carpets. And it does so by daring to be different. While The Lion King (2019) reboot was nearly a frame-by-frame copy of its predecessor, Mulan deviates significantly from the 1998 animated film. Without musical numbers or Mushu the talking dragon, Mulan is more serious in tone. Think dramatic action rather than saccharine merriment.

Mulan is a coming-of-age story about a Chinese girl who overcomes personal and societal obstacles to embrace her inner warrior. Based on The Ballad of Mulan, the film follows the story of Hua Mulan (played by Liu Yifei), who pretends to be a man to take the place of her aging battle-wounded father in the Imperial Army. Even though the film has cut out several beloved elements from 1998's Mulan, it contains enough references to please fans of its animated predecessor. In place of light-hearted musical numbers, the film inserts sweeping instrumental versions of the original soundtrack to tug at heartstrings. Lyrics from "I'll Make a Man Out of You" are sprinkled throughout the dialogue at the training camp. Without the levity of songs and creature sidekicks, Hua Mulan's fellow soldiers—played by Yosan An, Doua Moua, Chen Tang, Jimmy Wong, and Jun Yu—provide welcome comic relief and comradery…"
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Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP03 Sep 2020 9:04 p.m. PST

I think I've had quite enough social relevance, thank you very much.

Dn Jackson Supporting Member of TMP03 Sep 2020 9:35 p.m. PST

If it follows Disney's usual pattern all the 'social relevance' was pre-approved by the Chinese Communist Party.

Huscarle03 Sep 2020 10:49 p.m. PST

Not sure how a film supposedly set in the 6th Century should have any social relevance today, 1500 years later? Is this Western, Asian or Hollywood social relevance – not that I care one iota.

Trokoshea04 Sep 2020 5:41 a.m. PST

I'll pass. Relevance was the word not to pronounce.

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP04 Sep 2020 7:49 a.m. PST

Here's social relevance for you.

Andrew Walters04 Sep 2020 9:17 a.m. PST

Apparently the lead actress said something pro-government and anti-Hong Kong Protestors, so many people are boycotting the movie for that reason. I'm not convinced that's going to accomplish much, but the list of reasons not to watch the movie is growing. Here's another: apparently when they did the live action Aladdin they added Bollywood style dance numbers. I have no idea how that works or what that means, and I think they're about two thousand miles off, but I want to see it.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP04 Sep 2020 11:32 a.m. PST



oldnorthstate05 Sep 2020 10:33 a.m. PST

Be wary of anything that is acceptable to the Chinese Communist Party.

Rdfraf Supporting Member of TMP06 Sep 2020 7:36 a.m. PST

I saw it Friday and I thought the societal issues were handled well and not overly WOKE or preachy especially compared to most things coming out of Hollywood.

It was just plain fun to watch.

JMcCarroll06 Sep 2020 7:48 a.m. PST

Sat down friday night to watch it on Disney+, nope need to have Disney Premier Access. ____ you Disney!

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP06 Sep 2020 2:05 p.m. PST



Personal logo Silurian Supporting Member of TMP09 Sep 2020 11:53 a.m. PST

Agree with Rdfraf. I enjoyed it.

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