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My son owns this movie. I borrowed a copy from my sister and my son instantly fell in love with it. He said he had to have it and the only way he would give it back was if I promised to buy him a copy of it for Christmas. So I did and for the next few months he watched it at least once a day. Surprisingly neither of us got tired of watching it.
WORTH THE MONEY-
This is the type of movie you can watch over and over again and still love it. My son has owned the movie now for almost two years and still watches it every week or so. So believe me it is worth the money you would pay for it. I'm surprised he has not worn it out. LOL.
POSSIBLE DOWN SIDE, BUT MAJOR UPSIDE-
But... I'll be honest everyone might not like this movie. It shows the age of dawning from childhood to adulthood. It is a movie of war, but it teaches children a lot of helpful things. It teaches of friendship, of hardship, terror, happiness and trust. I personally think this is the best Disney movie ever made and I have a two year old that would agree wholeheartedly. Oh and lets not forget this is Disney so the music and songs are beautiful!
LEARNING ABOUT THE MOVIE-
I can't believe I forgot to say anything about the plot of the movie. Well I'm working on it. Mulan is about a girl named Fa, Mulan. It is pretty weird that these people say their last name before their first. Mulan starts out explaining the proper place of a woman in Chinese society. A woman can only bring her family honor in one way. Find a husband from a good family and honor him by being the perfect wife.
Well Mulan isn't any normal girl. She is a bit of a late bloomer. She can't seem to live up to what her family and society expect of her. She is expected to be the perfect lady and find a husband to honor her family. She goes and meets the matchmaker, who grades each girl on how they act and how good of a wife they would make. Mulan fails miserably.
BEING CALLED TO WAR-
The Hun army climbs the Great Wall of China and invade lead by the infamous Shan-Yu. The Emperor orders letters sent to every village. One man from each family most go into training to fight for the Imperial army.
MAKING A DECISION-
There is only one man in the Fa family. Mulan's sick aging father. Mr. Fa fought in the last Imperial war and was honored for his service. Mulan tried to change the minds of the soldiers who delivered the inscription notice to her father, but with no result except to get herself in trouble. Here comes in the decision. Mulan can stand by, pretend to be what she knows she is not and watch her father go off to battle to die or she can do something about it while finding out who she really is inside.
SO WHAT DOES SHE DO-
She is going to save her father and make something of herself. She cuts her hair, steals her father's armor, grabs her horse, grabs the inscription notice and she is off to fight a war. Oh but there is a minor problem. Women are not allowed in the army. If a woman is caught pretending to be a solider the penalty is death.
By now you are probably saying well god just tell us everything why don't you. Well I didn't. Everything I have said about the plot happens in the first say twenty minutes of the movie. There is steel over a hour I didn't tell you about. Of course to be a solider you have to learn how to be one first. And I didn't say anything about the war itself.
I also wanted to mention two other characters. Mushu is the first. He followed Mulan to the training grounds,because he is her guardian. Mushu's voice is done by Eddy Murphy so you can imagine that this is hilarious. Mushu also picks up a side kick who is first seen on the day of seeing the matchmaker. This little creature is called Cri-Kee. Cri-Kee is supposed to be a lucky cricket. This one is a little weird. After you watch the movie a few times you will discover you can understand what Cri-Kee is saying. I thought I was losing my mind for a minute when I realized that I understood him. LOL.
The man in charge of Mulan's training and that of all the recruits is Captain Shang. This is one man I wouldn't like to have as an enemy that's for sure. But I can just imagine all the Chinese's woman drooling over him and little girls wishing they can find a husband like him when they grow up. My son thinks he is cool and he wants to be a great warrior just like him.
I had better stop now before I end up giving anything else away. Let's just say I think this is a great movie that any Disney lover would buy for them self if not their children.
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Viewing Format: VHS
Video Occasion: Better than Watching TV
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older