Disney’s live-action remake of “Mulan” contains serious baggage.
First, the film has sparked political controversy over its star’s testimony in support of the Hong Kong police action against protesters, as well as the fact that “Mulan” was partially shot in the Xinjiang region, where the Chinese government has held Muslim ethnic minorities in detention centers .
And while it’s less significant, it’s also difficult to evade the business context: “Mulan” is one of the first major Hollywood blockbusters along with “Tenet” to be released around the world after the pandemic cinemas. Warner Bros. decided to release “Tenet”
In the latest installment of the Original Content Podcast, we acknowledge all of this context and do our best to discuss the merits of the film ourselves. It’s arguably the best of Disney’s live-action remakes, and it’s definitely great to watch, with some exciting action scenes and beautiful landscape shots.
At the same time, Jordan argued that it didn’t do the animated original justice, and we both agreed that the script can feel sleek and memorable – especially in the shadow of this real-world controversy. Plus, the current price is difficult to justify unless you have kids who are dying to see it. Otherwise, you can probably wait until December 4th for Mulan to become available to regular Disney + subscribers.
Before we jump to our review, let’s also talk about next week’s virtual disrupt conference.
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If you want to move on, the episode does the following:
0:31 Interrupt preview
6:33 “Mulan” rating
35:10 “Mulan” spoiler discussion