A young Chinese maiden disguises herself as a male warrior in order to save her father. A live-action feature film based on Disney’s ‘Mulan.’
Chuck says: The lasted Disney redux of one of their animated properties proves to be a mixed back that is ultimately less than satisfying. As directed by Niki Caro, the film is a visual delight, a sumptuous combination of location shooting and CGI imagery used to produce a magical background for the derring-do on display. The first act moves at a brisk pace that steadily lacks as the story gets bogged down with far too much exposition and far too many blandly executed action scenes. What with four screenwriters, the movie sports a variety of tones that don’t quite mesh. Still, Liu is engaging and sympathetic which helps us stick it through to the end, though who the intended audience for this film is remains a mystery.
Niki Caro (“The Zookeeper’s Wife”) directs this empowering, action-packed and visually stunning re-creation, but finding the heart of the story proves to be a bit more difficult.
To read my full review in The Daily Journal, go to https://www.daily-journal.com/life/reel-talk-mulan-is-cinematically-stunning/article_bb220ae8-edf0-11ea-9b43-7b61e9cb27e6.html