Admit it. We’re all just a little bit cynical about Disney’s live-action remakes. I mean, we go and see them, but we’re still cynical about them. I may personally bitch up a storm on the regular here on the site, but when all said and done, the only ones I’ve missed are Dumbo and the Maleficent and Alice sequels — if those can even be counted as remakes. However, if there is one live-action remake that most seem to be on board with, it’s Mulan.
While Mulan has been an undeniable hit for the House of Mouse in animated form, I wasn’t the only one who saw greater ambition for it. Even as a kid, I thought expanding it into a more serious, more epic live-action movie would be a great way to go. But did this new adaptation hit the mark?
Our own James Burns had a chance to check out the film, and he was quite impressed.
#Mulan was a crazy-good Kung fu, war epic with tons of heart. I enjoyed it a lot.
— 𝙹𝙰𝙼𝙴𝚂 𝚆. 𝙱𝚄𝚁𝙽𝚂 (@Indy_Filmmaker) March 10, 2020
But, of course, James wasn’t the only one to check it out. He also wasn’t the only one to be surprised by the quality of the movie.
I’m very surprised at how much I liked the live action #Mulan movie. It’s so majestic, the action is thrilling, it aims for a level of sophistication and beauty you don’t expect.
(I was never a huge fan of the animated film, I think I’ve only seen it once. So no attachments)
— Peter Sciretta (@PeterSciretta) March 10, 2020
The cast of Mulan is fantastic in the film. There are lots of little moments that nods to the animated that’ll make the fans happy. Very beautiful & epic cinematography. It had more fantastical elements than I expected. Overall, a great re-telling of the animated and very fun 🙌🏼
— Wendy Lee Szany (@WendyLeeSzany) March 10, 2020
#Mulan is exciting, vibrant, emotional, and different from the animated version. It's definitely its own thing, which I dug – a more mature Disney film, featuring stunning production design & fight choreography. Director Niki Caro & star Liu Yifei are the big stand-outs, imo pic.twitter.com/p6IEQUDNBu
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) March 10, 2020
Also! Surprisingly sexy for a Disney movie. Case in point: the very loud “OH MY GOD” that was uttered in the theater when Yoson An took his shirt off. #Mulan
— Angie J. Han (@ajhan) March 10, 2020
Is #Mulan the first great superhero movie of 2020? It sure feels like it. She soars over rooftops, flies across walls, shoots arrows, and is just a general badass. The film serves as a reminder to be true to yourself. Little girls are going to look up to @yifei_cc pic.twitter.com/cVVFMb07UP
— Kirsten (@KirstenAcuna) March 10, 2020
In short, if you’re any remote fan of Mulan or Disney, this film is likely to disappoint. Of course, these are just early reactions. History has proven that reviews themselves could still be less than flattering. That being said, I can’t seem to find any real negative comments here, which is a good sign.
Now, the ultimate question is whether or not audiences will make it out to the theaters to actually see it. As it stands, the coronavirus is making every single film and project out there one big question mark. What do you think of Mulan’s early buzz? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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