Following the wave of live action remakes of existing Disney cartoons, it is no surprise that the company’s first Asian princess will be getting the same treatment.
The trailer shows a decidedly more badass, edgier Mulan (Liu Yifei, The Forbidden Kingdom) who doesn’t burst into song. This iteration of Mulan will have no Li Shang, no Mushu and no shenanigans. This has angered some fans but the response has been more resoundingly positive.
The film’s trailer was immensely popular in China. Variety reports that the trailer has been seen over 1.5 billion times on the Chinese social media platform Weibo. However, it has caught some flack for some historical inaccuracies. Some users complained about Disney’s “carelessness” in showing Mulan living in a house design that came into being more than a thousand years later.
This doesn’t detract from how much people are looking forward to the film. The cast brags big names like Jet Li and Donnie Yen. As this will be no colourful musical, instrumental scores of the original soundtrack will accompany the film.
Complaints about the other live action movies being direct retellings of their original stories won’t touch this Mulan by a mile as they have completely recalibrated the story. Previous retellings like Aladdin and Beauty and The Beast were almost entirely similar to the original cartoons. The Lion King, which premiered on Tuesday, will have a longer run-time and director Jon Favreau said that the film would not be a direct retelling of the cartoon. Mulan, on the other hand, promises to be a feminist action movie. And I, for one, am looking forward to it.
Mulan will be released in theatres in March 2020.
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