by Niki Caro
Produced by Walt Disney Pictures and directed by Niki Caro, Mulan is a live-action adaptation of Disney’s 1998 animated film of the same name. Hua Mulan is a fearless, adventurous, and active young girl living in Imperial China. Under the leader Bori Khan, an imperial outpost is invaded by Rouran warriors. The Emperor of China issues a conscription stating that every family must contribute one man to fight against Khan’s forces. Imperial soldiers arrive in Mulan’s village to enlist, making her elderly father forced to pledge his services as he has no sons. Mulan realizes that her frail father will have no chance of survival, so she decides to flee the village with his armour, horse, and sword to join in his place. She disguises herself as a young man and arrives at the training camp, and trains to become a soldier without exposing her true identity.
Mulan was an amazing adaptation and fresh take on the classic animated version from 22 years ago. The film focused more on the action instead of the musical element. The film explores incredible themes of family devotion and female empowerment. Powerful messages were also conveyed, such as always persevering and believing in yourself to accomplish your goals. The actress who plays Mulan was wonderful and a great choice for her role. Her special moves within the battles were so articulately performed, which was a delight to watch. Throughout the movie, I was constantly on the edge of my seat in suspense and awe while watching. I would highly recommend Mulan to those of all ages as it is truly an inspiring and beautifully created film.