To save her elderly father from death in the army, a Chinese maiden named Mulan decides to dress as a man and take his place. While in the army, Mulan faces many barriers, but still becomes one of China’s greatest heroes in the process.
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Brilliance from Disney moment: Disney acknowledging that all these years of singing songs before/after/in spite of conflict is rather ill-fitting and decides to subvert the expectations they've built over the years. That jarring break from A Girl Worth Fighting For to the harsh realities of war (assist goes to the color red) could be less manipulative, but they were still capable of some god damn film making.
What a disappointment. All these years, I thought of Mulan as a break in the narrow representation of Disney female characters. Just watched it. It does use a classical theme. The girl that disguises as a boy to escape the confines of society and her expected role. But the characters have irritating American mannerisms, they speak as 20th century teens. The plot is dull. If this is a big step for Disney that's scary.
Ceux qui y voient des allusions sexistes, clichées, "typiquement américaines", n'ont juste rien compris à la portée du film. Un GRAND film d'animation par un studio alors au top... enfin merde quoi QUI N'A PAS aimé Mulan sérieusement ??
Based upon a Chinese folktale, Mulan could have been the first attempt for Disney to make a more serious entry but with the exception of it being the mouse studio's first movie that deal with warfare it is pretty childish making the film fall between two chairs.
Beautiful imagery and one of the most progressive Disney “princessess” to date. The story is very convoluted for its own good, and should have focused on more breath between conflicts than turning this into a rollercoaster.
I don't have any of the memories, nostalgia seemingly necessary for loving Disney films. My partner saw them young and consequently likes them a lot more. I am fascinated by the way so many of their fans seem to be at the forefront of demanding representation/dynamics/positive messages in media. Maybe works like Mulan were crucial in developing that, an idea I find more inspiring than this particular film.
Not my favorite Disney film story-wise, but it was definitely refreshing to see a more independent Disney Princess. All of Mulan's motives were done unselfishly, and most importantly, not for the sake of marrying some prince.