Reviews

Mar 16, 2021
I can only describe Mulan as a visually spectacular disappointment. Void of any emotional resonance, the film eschews coherent storytelling for what amounts to an Orientalist war epic masquerading as a feminist win for Asians everywhere.
Oct 23, 2020
Its cast, its attitude, its overall eagerness to please -- all benefits, one would think -- don't add up to a good movie. They add up to a blueprint of the movie this ought to be.
Sep 10, 2020
While glorious to look at, the movie still feels slightly hollow. All the right pieces are there, but an emotional connection to the characters is lacking.
Sep 6, 2020
The combat set pieces are terrific, the scale of the storytelling is epic.
Sep 5, 2020
I'm as athletic as a bed sock but, for so many reasons, this movie made me want to do backflips.
Sep 5, 2020
That magic isn't present here, and the action scenes don't achieve lift-off.
Sep 5, 2020
Talking animals and slapstick silliness are very much out and stiff-lipped themes of family, duty and honour are in.
Sep 5, 2020
I admire Disney for trying to do something different -- they didn't just make a shot-for-shot remake of the original movie -- but all of the choices they made were inferior to the original film.
Sep 5, 2020
This is ultimately a father and daughter story... That emotional story gets me every time.
Sep 4, 2020
It might have been an excellent reinterpretation, were it not so heavy-handed and, well, Disney-fied. But what remains bears minimal discernible relationship to the original, while reading too much like a basic Marvel film.
Sep 4, 2020
Apart from the lack of singing, romance, comedy and a mouthy dragon, this is just like the original. You might wonder what's left. Well, $200 million buys a lot of scenery and sets and quite a few stars. This new version has spectacle in mind.
Sep 4, 2020
It's an efficient retelling of a tale about a young Chinese woman discovering her power -- affecting at times, occasionally quite lovely, but earnest, often clumsy, and notably short on joy.
Sep 4, 2020
I enjoyed Mulan, but I couldn't avoid the sense of disconnect inherent in watching a wuxia-style period piece with Chinese actors speaking accented English dialogue.
Sep 4, 2020
Its roughly 900-year-old hero remains inspirational. As the wise old Emperor said in the original film, "You don't meet a girl like that every dynasty."
Sep 4, 2020
If someone were to do a shot every time a character mentions "honor," they would surely die of alcohol poisoning before the credits roll under a new recording of "Reflection" from Christina Aguilera.
Sep 4, 2020
Mulan delivers a straightforwardly heroic narrative of a capable woman battling her way to respect. It just doesn't have much else to add.
Sep 4, 2020
For a film with so much at stake, Mulan never feels epic, but it does succeed as a story of a young woman courageously defying cultural and social expectations.
Sep 4, 2020
It is no longer easily recognisable as a family film. Nor is it a grown-up action film.
Sep 4, 2020
[Mulan] lives up to the themes of its predecessor while also cutting its own forcefully dynamic path.
Sep 4, 2020
Closer to director Nikki Caro's touching, both mythic and intimate "Whale Rider" than it is to the animated musical with Eddie Murphy as a quippy little dragon.