Watch the New Trailer for Disney’s Live-Action ‘Mulan’
The movie is directed by Niki Caro and stars Liu Yifei as Mulan, a young woman who impersonates a male soldier to serve in the Chinese army in lieu of her ailing father. The trailer follows a teaser released earlier this year during half time of the Women's World Cup.
You can watch the full clip below:
The cinematography looks beautiful, and the battle scenes look on par with Game of Thrones. And that instrumental rendition of "Reflection" is bound to make you a little misty-eyed.
But something is undeniably missing. Something small and fire-breathing, that sounds like Eddie Murphy. Where the heck is Mushu? Whether or not you like the feisty little guy, there's no arguing that he was a huge part of the animated original. Mushu is the one who literally sets the battle in motion, masquerading as a military officer atop a panda to forge a call to action for Li Shang's troops.
Also missing from the new movie is the role of musical numbers. The original movie was basically a musical — show-stopping numbers like "Reflection" and "I'll Make a Man Out of You" would feel at home on a Broadway stage. But this might not necessarily be a bad thing. Looking at the trend of recent Disney live-action remakes, ones that try to recreate their source material pound for pound end up falling a little flat (looking at you, Aladdin).
As it turns out, Mulan's more realistic spin might give it a shot at holding a flame to its original. Things won't be too realistic, however. This is Disney we're talking about, and therefore 2020's Mulan will feature a shapeshifting witch.
Mulan is scheduled to hit theaters March 27, 2020.
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