Excerpt: There are several volumes of sophisticated feminist theory at work, but, trust me, they are wholly in the service of a first-rate action-adventure film that puts characters ahead of spectacle.
Excerpt: It’s perfectly watchable, and at times, quite enjoyable, but in moments where it seemed like they had the opportunity to do something new and interesting with the material, they decide not to. Instead, relying too heavily on the animated film that already has the audience’s affection.
Excerpt: Given Disney’s current track record of live-action remakes of dearly beloved animated classics, it’s not all that surprising Mulan (2020) is a middle-of-the-road affair, doing much of the same as other Disney remakes with additions and changes that ultimately don’t add a great deal to the original. From Niki Caro, the film shows the potential of striving for something more thoughtful and inspiring for contemporary audiences.
Excerpt: Acceptably inoffensive, if less than wholly engaging. At least Liu’s strong, stately Mulan is a wonderful role model for girls who aren’t much interested in conformity and adhering to expectations.