Mulan’s animated original is about a woman who fights to protect her father; even though she lives in a world of dragons, spirits, the story still manages to be realistic even though it is animated. But the same cannot be said for the Live-action remake, to make the film more realistic, the funny animal characters have been removed while the movie had added witches and warriors who can defy gravity in specific action sequences. But the inclusion of magical elements is going against the hopes that people will find the movie more realistic since the common perception right now among the fans is that the film is unrealistic.
The introduction of witchcraft in the 2020 film (which was absent in 1998 animation) along with CGI to help combat appear more acrobatic seems to make them appear impractical and unreasonable instead. Even though Mulan is a Disney princess, the animated film was able to change the typical princess’s perception, where the central theme of the movie was not romance but an unforgiving world of war and sacrifice. Irrespective of musical numbers, the film was rooted in realism. Because of her lack of experience, Mulan had to fight as a soldier to save her father. By doing this, she took an unbelievable risk and struggled immensely to emerge triumphantly as the hero of China finally.
While the new Mulan does not shy away from portraying the harsh and cruel realities of war, it gives a radically different perception of Mulan’s fighting prowess. It represents her as a gifted fighting prodigy even from a young age without any formal training, which is different from the original version where Mulan was an ordinary girl who had to put in the time and effort to become a better soldier. The acknowledgment of her fighting skills by Xianniang and Commander Tung makes her appear like a hero from a children’s fable who is destined to achieve greatness.
The Director went through The Ballad of Mulan to look at every detail to find something interesting that can be included in the movie, which was absent in the original. The efforts of the live-action adaptation were focused on bringing the story of Mulan closer to its roots instead of including sidekicks and bewitching animals. But this approach is risky as it can alienate the American and European audiences who might struggle to connect with the storyline.
The movie has drawn comparisons with films like Wuxia, Hidden Dragon, and Crouching Tiger, all of which fit the Chinese genre. They also have the same theme and follow the story of a hero who finally discovers himself. The action sequences in such films always tend to be more acrobatic and aerobatic, and some of the American audience is quite familiar with these types of movies. Movies like Kung Fu Pandas and Into the Badlands have helped the genre get more recognition in the West.
But a relatively sizable American audience doesn’t relate to movies like Mulan as they find them unrealistic and unreasonable. The effort behind Mulan seems like an attempt to give a tribute to the genre that is quite popular in China. But the radical changes in Mulan’s characterization and a new magical antagonist make the live-action adaptation less realistic than the original animated movie.
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