Alright, real talk? I've never actually seen Mulan.
Yes, yes, I know - it's apparently great, and Niki Caro's forthcoming live-action adaptation (which seeks to transform that 1998 animated musical into a rousing action epic) will likely be another box office smash for Disney, a studio which will not rest until it has remade every last one of its 2D animated films. I only mention not having seen it because, well, I have very little context for the full Mulan trailer that just arrived in our inbox.
Let's see what I think!
Hey, this looks pretty good! Exciting, even. Colorful and beautifully shot (some of this footage is straight-up gorgeous), with a timely story and top-notch production values. I've bristled at previous live-action Disney adaptations because, well, I've already seen most of these movies and kinda enjoyed them just the way they were (I don't think I'll ever get around to seeing the live-action Lion King), but I'll definitely give this one a go when it hits theaters next year.
Here's an official plot synopsis, for anyone who had trouble keeping up with the trailer:
"When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. Masquerading as a man, Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her inner-strength and embrace her true potential. It is an epic journey that will transform her into an honored warrior and earn her the respect of a grateful nation…and a proud father. Mulan features a celebrated international cast that includes: Yifei Liu as Mulan; Donnie Yen as Commander Tung; Jason Scott Lee as Böri Khan; Yoson An as Cheng Honghui; with Gong Li as Xianniang and Jet Li as the Emperor."
Let's hear from those of you who are familiar with Mulan, though: this doing it for you? Think you'll show up when Caro's film hits theaters on March 27th? Sound off in the comments below, and stay tuned for more on Mulan as further updates roll in.