Reviews: Mulan (2020)

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  • Andrea Chase @
    • 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.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Why is it that so many of Disney’s ‘live action’ remakes look so artificial, as if they’ve been mostly animated themselves?
  • Rich Cline @ Shadows on the Wall
    • Excerpt: Director Niki Caro expertly balances the drama, humour, adventure and action, creating a thrilling big-screen epic with potent emotional resonance and lots of female power
  • Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • 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.
  • [New] | M Enois Duarte @ High-Def
    • 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.
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: [It] improves on the story in some ways, but falls short in presenting a masterful, wire-fu epic.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Feels more like a meticulously recreated piece of product from the Disney factory and not a stirring legend based on centuries-old folklore.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @
    • 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.
  • Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: Mulan is the first time I’ve seen one of these remakes and thought it kind of, maybe had a reason to exist.