Pros:Great story, very funny in parts, strong messages within
Cons:That the depiction of a womans role in society actually exists in this world.
The Bottom Line: Mulan is a great film that shows the strength of a young girl, who will stop at nothing to be greater than society would want her to be.
Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot.
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Mulan is the story of a Chinese girl who must overcome all odds to do something great. Taking place in ancient China, Mulan is part of a family in a small village. With the impending attack of the Huns on China, all able-bodied men are called into action to defend the country. This call to arms includes her father, who has himself been injured in past conflicts. It is a sure bet that he will not survive going into war again, and Mulan takes it upon herself to assume her fathers place in the army. The only problem, is that women are not allowed to fight, and she must pose as a man in order to avoid detection. Her father cannot come after her when he learns of her mission, because revealing her will lead to her execution. The laws are very firm about a woman's place in China, and she risks everything in order to save her father.
Joining her on her journey (unbeknownst to her at the time) are a dragon named Mushu, and a "good-luck" cricket that is designed to protect her from bad luck. This pint-sized dragon has been sent by her ancestors in order to retrieve Mulan, rather than assist her in the fashion that he ends up doing. This occurs, because this little dragon has fallen out of favor with the family, and makes it his mission to create a hero out of Mulan. At the center of the story, are the attacking Huns, who want nothing more than to topple the Chinese empire. Thus war is breaking out all across the land, and Mulan will soon be involved in these conflicts, whether she likes it or not. Her only hope is that her training, and her companions will help her to become the person she was destined to be.
The role of Mulan is voiced by Ming-Na, who most people recognize from her role on the hit show E.R. She does great in this role, and brings a lot to the character. Mushu is voiced by Eddie Murphy, who brings a zany hilarity to the little dragon, and brings power to the comedy that surrounds him. I would even venture to say, that Mushu is one of the funniest animated characters that Disney has put into one of their features, and the scenes where he has lines are 100% his, as he is constantly doing something funny. In fact, I cannot remember a time where I laughed so hard at a cartoon character, and the antics that he was undertaking. I think that Murphy really brought a lot to the table here, and the comedy that his character uses helps to make the story of Mulan even stronger.
The drama is real as Mulan must go through the motions of being a woman in a mans world. She must constantly find ways to conceal that she is a woman, and she goes on daily with the knowledge that she will be killed if she is discovered. It is very sad to think that societies have existed, and in some parts of the world still do, where a woman does not have the right to do as she pleases, and in this case help to protect her country. Mulan goes much deeper than a Disney cartoon usually does, and helps to show that it doesn't really matter what sex you are, but how determined in your heart you are to accomplish something. This is a great story for kids and adults alike, because it is a strong story that can teach a valuable lesson. I have found myself singing along to songs that are within the story, and I have never tired of seeing this film multiple times. Because of all the strong qualities that this film possesses, and the great story being told, I highly recommend this movie to everyone who is a fan of cinema.
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