If you’ve read my Disney movie reviews before you know I’m not crazy about the remake and sequel trend. While Aladdin was done really well, and Frozen 2 was pretty good, I’m over here waiting for more original stories from Disney Animation Studios and Pixar. That said, because I love the original films, I have to see the remakes, and all the sequels, and I like to see how they hold up. And Mulan is the next one up for review.
The main things I want to hit on while reviewing this movie are to help you decide 1. How appropriate or inappropriate it might be for your kids. And 2. If it’s worth the premium price tag of $30, or better to wait three months for it to be free with your Disney+ subscription. I will leave out any spoilers of this review, as well as most of my kids’ opinions. If you want to read their Mulan kids review (with some spoilers) check out this post.
The refreshed storyline was moving in a way we haven’t seen in many of the other remakes. They took the story of Mulan and gave us a backstory and so much more heart. We got new villains and really had a chance to understand Mulan and the reason for her decisions. As my daughter said in her review, we get a chance to see more of her motive and watch her grow on her own, without as much help.
There were more to the villains, more to Mulan’s family, just so much MORE to the story that I really enjoyed getting to know. I guess when you take out music and comedic sidekicks there’s time for more character development.
Some of the cinematography was a little distorted in a way that was distracting to me, but the action scenes and setting are absolutely beautiful. And with lines like “The girl became a soldier. The soldier became a leader. The leader became a legend.” It won me over as a fan.
Bottom line the message of what you’d do for family, interwoven with personal talents and girl power had me tearing up more than once as I watched with my kids.