Saturday, February 6, 2021

Mulan (1998)


The original animated film on which the live-action remake a little over a score later was based, following the eponymous heroine, Fa Mulan (or Hua Mulan, depending on your preferred style of Chinese), who wishes to take her ailing father's place in the Chinese army by masquerading as a man, and has the companionship of the diminutive Eddie Murphy-voiced dragon Mushu, who serves as the main comic relief, as do the spirits of Mulan's ancestors (and I spotted during one of their scenes a reference to Grant Wood's iconic painting "American Gothic"). The Emperor's dialogue to Mulan towards the end of the film was definitely the high point of the writing, and while the film of course takes liberties with the original legend, I definitely enjoyed this, and the music, particularly "When Will My Reflection Show?" was memorable.

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