Disney has recently been reimagining their classic animated films into live action movies. Mulan is the next chapter in this movement. My family and I have enjoyed the four previous ones. They were Cinderella, Beauty and The Beast, The Lion King and Aladdin. While I was watching Mulan with my family this past weekend I turned to them halfway through the movie and said this was the best live action Disney movie from this series.
More Than Just Honor
Niki Caro who directs this film does an amazing job of bringing this animated film to life. There are a few changes from the animated film that adds to the story of Mulan. Yifei Liu plays Mulan brilliantly. She conveys the qualities of Mulan which are strong, loyal and brave. You see the conflict she feels without her even talking. My family and I really enjoyed her portrayal of Mulan.
As a parent I love when a movie teaches great values to my kids. Not only do we get to watch an entertaining film, but the movie allows us to talk after we see it and share our thoughts on it. During her journey Mulan learns about herself and her family. She takes her father’s sword that has three words on the blade that embody their family’s values. The words are loyal, brave and true. She finds all three of these values during the film. This was a talking point after we finished watching the movie. We talked on what Mulan learned and applied it to our family.
You and your family will enjoy this version of Mulan. It has heart, laughs and meaningful messages throughout the film. You don’t need to have seen the animated series or know about Mulan’s story. It is a movie that can stand on its own. I have said this about Marvel movies and this rings true of Mulan. I highly recommend you and your family watching it this weekend on Disney+.
Acclaimed filmmaker Niki Caro brings the epic tale of China’s legendary warrior to life in Disney’s Mulan, in which 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. 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. It is an epic journey that will transform her into an honored warrior and earn her the respect of a grateful nation…and a proud father.
Mulan features a celebrated international cast that includes: Yifei Liu as Mulan; Donnie Yen as Commander Tung; Tzi Ma as Zhou, Jason Scott Lee as Böri Khan; Yoson An as Honghui; Ron Yuan as Sergeant Qiang; with Gong Li as Xianniang and Jet Li as the Emperor. The film is directed by Niki Caro from a screenplay by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Lauren Hynek & Elizabeth Martin, suggested by the narrative poem The Ballad of Mulan. The producers are Chris Bender, Jake Weiner and Jason Reed, with Bill Kong, Barrie M. Osborne, Tim Coddington and Mario Iscovich serving as executive producers.