After watching Disney’s Mulan trailer, I immediately went to social media. People are disappointed by the lack of Disney aspects (which I’ll discuss). Yet, overall, there was an excitement for the film. Aspects earning praise were the visuals, the protagonist and the music. It seems that Disney have the right mindset for this movie.
Before I dive deep into this trailer, you can watch it here:
What immediately drew me in was that Mulan didn’t look, or seem like a Disney movie. Gone are the musical elements, the comedy or any endearing sidekicks. Instead, we are treated to lush visuals, a hearty protagonist, a gorgeous historic Chinese setting and a feeling of epicness. I will say that there is nothing wrong with the Disney formula. My problem is when all films are like that. I also have no problem with musicals, either.
Yet Mulan not being a musical works. The film, judging by the trailer, will develop its own identity outside of the original Disney classic. At the end of the day- what makes a film stand out- is not how similar it is to other movies. It’s how different and unique it is. Because of that, Mulan instills confidence. It is an exciting direction for Disney to go into. This time, blockbusters have heart, and are not driven by mere nostalgia.
Whether we like it or not, Disney has changed. I’ve argued that this is not necessarily for the better. However, it’s not completely hopeless. If Disney creates films that stand on their own merits, I will be satisfied. I understand that companies will evolve with the times. I don’t think we can ever return to the era of Fantasia and other terrific animated works. This is a shame, because animation allows for creative genius. However, there isn’t much we can do about that.
That isn’t to say that I’m happy about the current state of Disney. I won’t discuss The Little Mermaid until we have actual promotional material, and I’m out of love with the MCU and Star Wars. It’s also difficult to talk about Mulan without discussing other Disney properties. This is due to the ‘Disney effect’ that can be seen throughout all their movies. Yet Mulan stands out- for the better.
I’m excited for this movie.
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