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Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 84%
IMDb Rating 7.6 10 200841


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Eddie Murphy as Mushu
Ming-Na Wen as Mulan
BD Wong as Shang
Pat Morita as The Emperor

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Reviewed by cinemajesty 6 / 10

A Female Warrior Goes Her Way

Movie Review: "Mulan" (1998)

In the wake of a post "The Lion King" period at Disney Animation Studios beginning with "Pocahontas" (1995) and concluding with "Treasure Planet" (2002), while Pixar Animation Studios with director John Lasseter establishes digital animated features with the first ever widely distributed "Toy Story" (1995) engaging two times Academy-Award-Winning Tom Hanks to speak the leading character of Sheriff Woody, comes the hand-drawn animation highlight "Mulan" in the year 1998 directed by former character animators Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook, who present an extraordinary tale of a Chinese daughter of a weaken military man in the post Han Dynasty 450 AD China. The main character of "Mulan" decides to abandon female family-inflicted traditions, cutting off her lang raven-black hair with a long sword, before attending an ancient boot camp training period to confront a massive army leading character of Shan-Yu, vocally performed by almost unrecognizable-fierce actor Miguel Ferrer, whos character coming from the North of Mongolia, overtaking the Chinese Wall, pushing through snow-covered, avalanche-indulging mountains of North Eastern China, arguably taking detours though the region of Da Hinggan Ling to hit a central Chinese village palace scenario on his way to the Dynasty's Southern capital.

Show-Stealing all-too-funny character of dragon-pet character Mushu, given voice by spitfiring dialogue lines sharing actor Eddie Murphy, keeps the audience alive through a major martial-arts action-spectacle-miss-out in further emotionally uneventful sword duels and gun-powder inflaming rockets shooting through plain clearing mountain strings, at time loveless animated feature, especially in the daytime training scenes, when "Mulan" nevertheless had all the possibilities under a doubled production budget with consequent design efforts, apart from the storywise-superior to suspense-strangling "The Lion King", to become a Disney animated classic, which furthermore due to the lacking depth-of-character supporting cast, which entirely builds on deceased-ghostly-animated roundtable of imperial family members, when the missing thrilling touch becomes indifferent by the time of a showdown-forsaking confrontation between Warrior-becoming woman Mulan and Gorilla-beast-moving Shan-Yu in an even with 80 Minutes relatively short editorial by Michael Kelly, whos cut cannot deliver an ascending character arc of sophisticated Chinese Legend "Hua Mulan", spiritually as technically superior to the character of "Joan D'Arc" inhabited in western civilization, when at least rest-in-peace Jerry Goldsmith (1929-2004) infuses international audiences with charms of a an innovative classic-to-synthesized moving score to a over-all fair success of exceeding a worldwide box office revenue by 300 Million U.S. Dollars in concluding exhibitions of holiday season 1998/1999.

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Reviewed by abdbraik 9 / 10

One of the best Disney movies I have ever seen

As someone who has watched many Disney films when was young, and re watched many of them with my young sister as an adult, I can say that this movie deserves to be considered one of Disney best films with other classics such as The Lion King, Aladdin. The story is well written and displayed, and the characters are very well introduced and you care about them and feel with them, The humor in the film is natural and not enforced and makes both kids and adults laugh, the animation is good (compared to pre-Pixar animation), and the songs are excellent and memorable. All in all, Mulan has all what is necessary to be enjoyable and memorable, and It is one of those films that you can watch again from time to time and enjoy it every time. If you want to sit with your kids and enjoy for an hour and half, I highly recommend Mulan for you!

Reviewed by localdudet 8 / 10

A Fire Female

The famous movie of historical Asian history, Mulan, directed by Tony Bancroft, is a movie of a woman named Mulan taking the place of her father in war. Being a woman automatically disqualifies her as a soldier, and throughout the movie it is obvious that women are not looked at the same way that men are. Mulan's plot demotes women but its protagonist rejects this assumption to conclude that women can do whatever a man is able. In the beginning of the movie, Mulan, the main character, is continuously put down because of her female being. The movie begins with Mulan practicing to impress a match maker that will match her with her future husband. When her professional stylist is getting her ready for the big event; the stylist implies that Mulan is a sexual object. Throughout their song the stylist says, "Boys will go to war for you if you're pretty, obedient, and have a tiny waist. You should demonstrate dignity, be poised and be silent." The stylist is implying that the only way a woman should be appealing is by obtaining these qualities. Personally, being a woman myself, this portrait of woman-expectancy that reveals the sexism that is present in this movie, makes me question what young boys take away from this particular section of this movie. To add on, when Mulan steps up to go into war for her father, she is still looked down on for doing the impossible. Her ancestors say, "Mulan's father, forever shall be shamed because a woman is taking her place in war." Mulan is willingly taking the place of her injured father. This act is noble if a man were to do it; however, this movie suggests that it is shameful for a woman to perform the same honorable act. When Mulan is preparing to face the other soldiers, her male horse laughs in her face for trying to act as male. Animals are treated as less than humans and the way that the horse demotes Mulan portrays women as being even less than an animal; proving the sexism further. In the song that plays when the men are getting ready for war, Li Shang, the captain of the troops, says "Did they send me daughters, when I asked for sons?" Li Shang is downgrading women without realizing that Mulan is in his presence. A great amount of sexism goes on throughout the plot of this movie coming in the form of humans and even animals. Even though Mulan faces an enormous amount of unbelievable sexism, she proves that she can do whatever a man is able to do. When going through training, she comes in last and lags behind the other soldiers. However, as time goes on, she trains hard enough to become first in the races and training practices. Also, when in battle, Mulan is first in line with all the men behind her. She selflessly goes head first into the opposing army's soldiers in order to swiftly beat them in battle. Mulan uses logical alternatives to excel farther than the men in her troops and on the opposing army. Though, scientifically, Mulan is not physically matched to the male soldiers, she substitutes her smart antics to fly high. Mulan's plot degrades women, however the main character changes this thought, helping women to realize that they can match anything that a man is capable of. I think that this movie begins with a large amount of demotion towards women but there is a satisfying ending to this assumption. Mulan proves that women are capable of more than being a trophy wife, and this is proved every day in the twenty first century. Women are CEOs and military lieutenants, which manifests their ultimate capability. Women are powerful and can do anything that they put their mind to. And if every woman realized this, sexism would not exist.

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