Watch Mulan (2020) | Synopsis and Review

 Walt Disney Pictures' plan to adapt the animated film Mulan (Barry Cook, Tony Bancroft, 1998) into a live-action dish has actually been heard since 2010. At that time, Chuck Russell who previously directed films such as The Mask (1994), Eraser (1996), and The Scorpion King (2002) was lined up to sit in the directing chair with actress Zhang Ziyi planned to play the main character. Unfortunately, for some reason, the plan failed to turn into reality. The idea to produce a live-action version of Mulan resurfaced in early 2015 and was prepared more carefully – especially when Walt Disney Pictures succeeded in proving that their live-action adaptations such as Alice in Wonderland (Tim Burton, 2010) ), Maleficent (Robert Stromberg, 2014), and Cinderella (Kenneth Branagh, 2015) are able to generate lucrative commercial income. In its development, the live-action adaptation of Mulan then chose

Niki Caro (The Zookeeper's Wife, 2017) to sit in the director's chair, actress Liu Yifei to play the character Mulan, as well as names such as Gong Li, Donnie Yen, Tzi Ma, and Jet Li were present to strengthen the cast.


With a story script written by Rick Jaffa (Jurassic World, 2015), Amanda Silver (In the Heart of the Sea, 2015), Elizabeth Martin, and Lauren Hynek, Mulan still presents the familiar storyline although with a number of changes in some parts. story timeline. Not wanting her father, Hua Zhou (Ma), to return to war after receiving a call from the kingdom, Hua Mulan (Liu) then chooses to represent her family in war with the royal army. Of course, by choosing to become a royal soldier, Hua Mulan had to conceal her identity as a woman. Not an easy task, of course. Apart from having to be careful that her identity is not revealed, Hua Mulan also has to go through a series of military training which is very draining on her physical and mental abilities. With a strong determination, Hua Mulan turned out to be able to become a reliable soldier figure. However, the necessity to cover up the identity he kept haunting Hua Mulan.

With a longer duration of storytelling when compared to its predecessor animated film, Mulan actually comes with story management that feels blander. In addition to removing a lot of comedic elements from the storyline, the latest version of Mulan also puts more focus Рalthough it doesn't feel deeper Рon the character of Hua Mulan and the various intrigues she is facing. This choice, unfortunately, makes the storytelling space for the other characters around him feel minimal or fail to develop properly. This is especially true for characters such as Chen Honghui (Yoson An) who seems to be formed as a love interest for Hua Mulan's character, or Cricket (Jun Yu) who seems to be presented to give a comedic touch to Mulan's storyline, or the character of Cricket (Jun Yu). -antagonist characters such as B̦ri Khan (Jason Scott Lee) and Xianniang (Gong). These characters,

in the end, it is only useful at certain moments and fails to provide stronger storytelling.

The storyline provided by this film for the main characters is also not very impressive. Instead of being able to present as a female warrior figure with a complete story of struggle, many of the storytelling elements for Hua Mulan's character seem to be presented as a mere summary of the story. Mulan doesn't seem too intent on highlighting the main character's attractiveness, the abilities she has, or the various dilemmas she faces. Luckily, Liu is still able to present an attractive acting performance to make the presence of Hua Mulan a character that is still interesting to follow. Apart from Liu, the acting talents that make up the lineup of Mulan's cast must be recognized as performing with adequate capacity. Satisfying, although quite disappointing to see names like Gong or Li present with such a limited dig of character stories.


Caro's direction itself is actually quite reliable in highlighting Mulan as an action dish. The work he gives for the rhythm of storytelling, action choreography, and production design is convincing. Although he no longer presents songs in various scenes, Harry Gregson-Williams' musical composition is straightforward in adding an emotional touch to many scenes through his musical compositions. Oh, don't miss the latest version of Reflection, which is still being sung by Christina Aguilera, which this time is made even more magnificent and in accordance with the image that you want to put forward from the live-action version of Mulan. It is quite unfortunate to see Mulan then fail to leave a stronger impression due to the arrangement of the story which seems to oversimplify the various descriptions of conflicts and characters.

Mulan (2020)

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