Mulan (2020)

Based on a true story as well as the Disney Animation smash hit which featured back in 1998.

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The film begins with a young Chinese girl named Mulan. Mulan has been known for making mischievous trouble within her small community. Now an adult, Mulan continues to cause her family embarrassing moments even though Mulan’s actions were somewhat accidental with good intentions behind them. Her father is concerned about Mulan and generally does not know what lies within her future.

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Soon Mulan’s community hear about a new threat in the lands.  To take on this new threat, a male adult from each family is required to leave their home and fight in battle.  Mulan’s father has already served previously and can barely fight anymore. To save his life, Mulan decides to take her father’s place by disguising herself as a heroic male warrior.  Mulan is now hiding a big secret which could cost her life. She attempts to blend in as intense training begins, but little does Mulan know; she has a secret power within her which is yet to be unlocked.

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The visuals of Mulan are quite stunning, which is no surprise as a Disney film. Action sequences were also enjoyable even if some moments seemed over the top or unrealistic. The film’s plot for the most part is also pleasing, and thankfully this feature attempts to be vastly different to the animation which originally featured in 1998.  Lovers of the animation will find it hard not to compare this film to what they have grown up with (including myself). I feel performances were also great and even side performances also received a thumbs up. It was also great to see such legends on the screen, including Donnie Yen and Jet Li.

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While I found this feature generally enjoyable, there were some elements I struggled to ignore. The final editing choices between some scenes and even during action scenes felt rather unusual to the point that it felt as though the film has missing parts or moved at a too rapid pace. The film’s opening, in which we see Mulan as a young girl, felt unnecessary.  As for the main character, I also struggled with the transition from the Mulan who causes trouble at the start and later discovers extraordinary power.  It just did not work for me as this concept felt rushed and vague.

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Overall, I am surprised at how Disney attempted to create a remake that tries to be different from its original animation. Visuals are quite pleasing, and the film’s action sequences are also fun. Performances, for the most part, are also acceptable. If you are like me and loved the original animation, many will find it hard not to compare, especially when it comes to some of the changes or alterations in the film’s plot or characters. In the end, I am thankful that Disney attempted to make a film that was not a complete copy.  When it comes to live-action remakes, the results were indeed positive to see.

6.8/10

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This is not based on a true story; this is a true story. The film introduces us to the legendary Gatsby Randolph through interviews by William Geoffrey, host of the TV show Lifestyles of the Elite & Famous.  William is invited into Gatsby's stunning home not...

Mortal Kombat (2021)

Mortal Kombat (2021) - Movie Review 22nd April 2021 Written by Peter Walkden Mortal Kombat (2021) follows Cole (Lewis Tan), an MMA fighter who tries to earn cash by putting on a good show in the ring.  He also fights to make money for his partner and young...

Land (2021)

Land (2021) - Movie Review 21st April 2021 Written by Peter Walkden Edee (Robin Wright) is dealing with a significant personal tragedy in the present day. Her sister encourages her to get counselling, which she tries, but nothing helps Edee's wounds and current...

The United States Vs. Billie Holiday (2021)

The United States Vs. Billie Holiday (2021) - Movie Review 21st April 2021 Written by Peter Walkden The United States Vs Billie Holiday follows the career of the talented jazz singer Billie Holiday.  We witness many highlights from Billie's life, including...

Six Minutes to Midnight (2020)

Based on actual events from the year 1939 and a couple of weeks before WWII begins. A strange event occurs with a teacher working at a German all-girls boarding school, Augusta-Victoria College, Bexhill-on-Sea. The teacher, along with his camera, has vanished without...

El Americano: The Movie (2016)

The film follows a small, male, Mexican parrot named Cuco. Cuco and his family are part of a well-known circus, but Cuco is sick of being in the family business; instead, he would rather become an ultimate crime fighter. When Cuco isn't working with the family circus,...

The Dry (2020)

Aaron Falk (Eric Bana) is a detective located in Melbourne, Australia. He receives word that one of his childhood friends has committed suicide after murdering his family. Aaron returns to his hometown to pay his respects, but what he hoped would be a short visit back...

Willy’s Wonderland (2021)

A stranger is driving along a road when his car breaks down. Upon investigating, he finds spikes were laid on the street, popping all four of his tyres. He accepts a ride with someone who inspects his car, letting him know it will take $1,000 to fix.  Leaving his...

Nobody (2021)

The film opening shows us a stranger locked up in an interrogation room with a small kitty cat.  When questioned as to who he is, he answers that he is, in fact, a Nobody.  We are then shown flashbacks, telling us that the man's name is Hutch (Bob Odenkirk),...

Ascendant (2021)

Ascendant (2021) - Movie Review 14th April 2021 Written by Peter Walkden A young woman named Aria Wolf (Charlotte Best) wakes up in an elevator, finding she is tied up and blindfolded. She soon breaks free from her bindings and discovers that she is alone in a...

Gunda (2020)

Gunda is a documentary that examines the daily life of several animals living on a farm. Some of these animals include a large pig, a couple of cows and a one-legged chicken. The film takes its audience on a journey while watching these animals doing various...

Voyagers (2021)

Voyagers (2021) - Movie Review 11th April 2021 Written by Peter Walkden Based on a novel by Stephen King, The Dead Zone follows Johnny (Christopher Walken), a teacher who is head over heels in love with a woman he hopes to marry in due time. But things go wrong when...

Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula (2020)

- Train To Busan Presents: Peninsula - Photo Credit: Jake Jung/Shudder Following on from Train to Busan (released in 2016), the film reminds its viewers of what has happened in Korea after a deadly virus changed the world forever. It has been four years since the...

Shadow in the Cloud (2020)

Set during WWII, Captain Maude Garret (Chloe Grace Moretz) is given urgent orders to hitch a ride on a B-17 bomber plane and a mysterious cargo package to carry. Her orders also include protecting the box and not allowing anyone on board the flight to open it at all...

Run (2020)

The film begins with a patient in the hospital, Diane (Sarah Paulson). Diane has just given birth to a baby girl named Chloe. But as Diane wakes up after giving birth and having an operation, she receives an update from the doctors about her baby, leaving her eager to...

Embryo (2020)

In this film, many mysterious happenings involving extraterrestrials have occurred around Snowdevil Mountain, Chile.  This film introduces one of these bizarre and twisted stories. The leading case we follow is about a young couple, Kevin (Domingo Guzman) and...

Two by Two: Overboard! (2020)

Two by Two: Overboard! (2020) - Movie Review 4th April 2021 Written by Peter Walkden A flood has occurred on the Earth, and Noah’s massive Ark is still drifting with every type of animal onboard, including good buddies Finny and Leah. But with the Ark drifting for...

Tom & Jerry (2021)

The epic battle continues between Tom (the cat) and Jerry (the little mouse), this time in a movie based on the well-known cartoon series. After the two's most recent battle, Jerry decides to hide in the famous Royal Gate Hotel, hoping to begin a new life. Naturally,...

Godzilla Vs. Kong (2021)

Continuing from Godzilla: King of Monsters (2019), Godzilla continues to hide from the world, and years have passed. But suddenly, Godzilla comes back to the surface and unexpectedly destroys a massive high-tech company. The world is now in fear as Godzilla makes his...

At Close Range (1986)

Based on a true story. Brad (Sean Penn) is a young man who enjoys doing very little in life other than hanging out with friends, drinking and smoking. He has no interest in getting a job unless he needs to buy something such as a nice car, but otherwise, he is...

The Witches (2020)

The film begins with a narration (surprisingly by Chris Rock), who talks to a group of young kids and warns them about the existence of witches. The film then goes back to the year 1967 and introduces us to a young boy (played by Jahzir Bruno) who sadly lost both of...

Kajillionare (2020)

Old Dolio (Evan Rachel Wood) lives with her parents Theresa (Debra Winger) and Robert (Richard Jenkins).  The family of three are con artists who are willing to do anything and everything to scam and steal at every single opportunity.  You see, Theresa and...

The War with Grandpa (2020)

After getting in trouble at his local supermarket, Grandpa Ed (Robert De Niro) is encouraged by his daughter Sally (Uma Thurman) to move out of his old home and in with his daughter and the rest of the family. Naturally, Grandpa is not overly fond of the idea and...

Hunter Hunter (2020)

We follow a family who lives in a cabin in the wild woods.  Joseph (Devon Sawa), Anne (Camille Sullivan), and Renee (Summer H. Howell) work as fur trappers and are struggling to make ends meet financially. Anne suggests to Joseph they move away from the woods and...

The Reckoning (2020)

A horrible sickness is plaguing the land of England. The Reckoning follows Grace (Charlotte Kirk), who makes the awful discovery that her husband killed himself after becoming sick.  Feeling it was the only way to protect Grace and their child, he left her alone to...

Centigrade (2020)

Inspired by actual events, Centigrade follows Naomi (Genesis Rodriguez), a novelist travelling with her husband Matt (Vincent Piazza). While the two are travelling to Norway for a book tour, they decide to stop their SUV and get some rest.  They also cannot drive...