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Mulan (2020)

When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Chinese Army to defend the country from Huns, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. She is spirited, determined and quick on her feet. Disguised as a man by the name of Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her innermost strength and embrace her true potential.
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Richard Schertzer
September 3, 2022
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Why ‘Mulan’ Is The Most Underrated Disney Remake

Disney remakes have often gotten a bad rap for their consistent reliance on the originals and overuse of CGI. However, Mulan is a remake that is able to transcend beyond Disney's other remakes with a confident and bold earnestness. Originally, it was meant to be released into theaters in March 2020 but was instead sent to Disney+ in September because of COVID-19.  The film received somewhat positive reviews from Western critics but was mired by fans of the original film and Eastern critics. Its screenplay, lack of songs, and omission of both Mushu the dragon and Li Shang did not sit too well with commentators and fans.  Despite the hype, the film was a flop at the box office, grossing only $70 million on a hefty $200 million budget, primarily due to COVID-19 and its fan backlash. However, its reception and performance at the box office should not be enough to deter fans from giving this remake another look.  Here is what makes this Disney remake great. When people stop comparing it to the 1998 animated film, one can realize that its greatness can be seen in the majesty of the frames. This is a beautifully shot film and has some of the best action sequences in a live-action Disney remake.  Its dazzle radiates with overzealous confidence over a patriarchal landscape. Its narrative and scope are just a couple of the things that drive its potential as true cinema. Every shot seems like a moving painting and the filmmakers have put a lot of time and effort into the artistry. Looking at this film by itself, it has a lot to offer, and dismissing it as a less-than-stellar film seems unverifiable and disingenuous. 
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When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Chinese Army to defend the country from Huns, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. She is spirited, determined and quick on her feet. Disguised as a man by the name of Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her innermost strength and embrace her true potential.

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Genre:Adventure, Fantasy, Drama, Action
Directed By:Niki Caro
Written By:Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Lauren Hynek, Elizabeth Martin
In Theaters:3/9/2020
Box Office:$66,800,000
Runtime:115 minutes
Studio:Walt Disney Pictures, China Film Group Corporation, Jason T. Reed Productions, Good Fear

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