'Mulan' Producers Decided To Make The Adaptation More Realistic Than Traditional Disney 'Break Into Music' Film

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Deanna Rivera in TV & Movies

Last updated: 13 March 2020, 12:36 GMT

Disney’s most anticipated live-action remake of Mulan received an overwhelming positive reviews and it may be one of the best movies of the year.

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The movie was first premiered in Los Angeles on Monday night. Fans and members of the press shared their praise on Twitter saying, it’s Disney’s best-ever live-action remake and applauding the actors’ performances, Niki Caro’s direction and the battle sequences.

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Yahoo! Entertainment’s Kevin Polowy tweeted,

“I’ve seen MULAN twice now and I must say it is grrrreat, easily Disney’s best live action reboot. I think it’s also Disney’s first battle epic? It is beautiful & absorbing & rich & empowering. The cast is excellent and Niki Caro’s direction is just breathtaking.”

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Said another,

“The cast of Mulan is fantastic in the film, there are lots of little moments that nods to the animated that’ll make the fans happy. Very beautiful & epic cinematography. It had more fantastical elements than I expected. Overall, a great re-telling of the animated and very fun.”

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A third added,

“Mulan is one of the best live-action adaptation of a Disney animated classic. It honours the 1998 film and the ballad by modernizing themes of female empowerment and iconic scenes, while also standing out with great cinematography & battle sequences are reminiscent of Wuxia epics.”

“Is Mulan the first great superhero movie of 2020? It sure feels like it. She soars over rooftops, flies across walls, shoots arrows, and is just a general badass. The fil serves as a reminder to be true to yourself. Little girls are going to look up to YiFei Liu”

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However, Fans of the 1998 animated movie had previously voiced concerns about the new version which is not a musical and does not feature popular characters Mushu and Li Shang. On this decision, Mulan producer Jason Reed told Collider,

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“It will not be traditional ‘break into musical’. They’re not going to stop their workouts to do a big musical number to camera. However, there are a number of songs that are iconic for the movie and tell a great version of the story, and they are very helpful to us in how we’re putting the movie together.”

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He continued,

“It gets a little easier in animation to keep the tension and the reality in place and still have people break into song and sing to camera. We made the decision that we wanted to keep the world—even though it’s a fantasy—more grounded, more realistic so those emotions really played and the threat is very real. So, we are using music in a slightly different way.”

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The remake stars Yifei Liu, Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee and Jet Li, and just like the original film it follows a woman who disguises herself as a man to fight in China’s imperial army.

Mulan will arrive in cinemas on 27 March. Its release in China has been postponed amid coronavirus fears.


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