Mulan 2020 remake review

Was It Worth the Wait?

Jorja Wilson, Reporter

Upon its long and anticipated arrival, viewers were very disappointed to see the remake of the family favorite, Mulan, failed miserably to meet expectations. The movie was first released on Disney+, a platform that has a monthly subscription, for $30. They made you pay more for the movie on a streaming service you were already paying for.

Unlike the original, being light-hearted and fun, the remake of Mulan was more mature and lacked the key components that made the movie so likable. There were no catchy songs, no fun animal companions, or witty remarks that made the original so memorable.

It lacked the emotional connection that many viewers need to really like what they’re watching.

Without the original songs that furthered the story, the atmosphere was gritty. Instead of showing Mulan challenge the status quo, fight against society’s standards, and forge her own path to be who she wanted to be.

Mulan in the remake, stuck to the stereotypes by saying her duty as a woman is to serve China. And in the end, her sister announces her own engagement, that her duty is to be a good wife and mother. The very stereotype the movie is supposed to fight against.

Another change was the villains she was fighting against and how she did it.

Instead of the Huns, it’s the Rourans, decidedly Muslim, which is controversial due to the current Muslim genocide going on in China. Instead of Mulan having raw fighting talent, she uses her Qi.

This is seen as a superpower possessing her rather than a connection to nature. It is also something that only she and her two antagonists, Xiannaiang and Bori Khan have. Which turned her story into a supernatural one, instead of human.

One of the few things that were not changed was Mulan’s want to fight and help others. Like the original, she took the place of her father, to fight in the Imperial Army against China’s invaders.

One area where the live-action remake was better than the animated original would be the fight scenes. They were choreographed so elegantly, following as Mulan moves between warriors like a wraith.

In the end, the animated original is the better movie with a stronger and more relatable protagonist, well developed arcs of the supporting characters, and one of Disney’s best soundtracks. Although the remake had better action sequences and a more compelling villain, it turned Mulan into a 1-dimensional, whitewashed, character.

The remake had all the components needed to have a good film, but the weak screenplay wasted that potential. It wasn’t worth the money, or the wait.