The upcoming Disney live-action ‘remake’ is Mulan, and it’s a bit of a hot topic of a movie, and they’ve now released the film’s first trailer, and you know what, it actually looks rather good.
There have been some rather mixed reactions to the recent Disney remakes. Personally, I didn’t much care for The Lion King, which I thought was an utterly unnecessary film.
However, I had a lot of time for Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin, which I thought was actually rather fun and I enjoyed Will Smith’s performance as the Genie in the movie.
They didn’t opt to do a straight adaptation of the Aladdin cartoon, which is why I felt the movie had a bit more substance to it, and didn’t just feel like you were watching an updated version of the same movie which just looks slightly better than the original.
Literally, you could watch original The Lion King and Jon Favreau’s version side by side, and you’d feel like you’re watching the same movie.
That’s why I’ve been rather optimistic about Disney’s Mulan because they’ve admitted that they wanted to do something very much different with the story and not include the songs.
Disney’s Mulan’s first trailer has arrived
I like this because I think the core story of Mulan makes it the perfect film to remake in live-action. It’s essentially about a girl going to war disguised as a man.
It doesn’t require the songs or any CGI wizardry to make it stand out, and I really like Disney’s choice of director for this picture.
They went for New Zealander Niki Caro for this movie who made Whale Rider which is a tremendous film.
She also made A Heavenly Vintage which I also really enjoyed, so she’s a director with a pretty good track record, and if we’ve learnt anything over the years, it’s that New Zealanders tend to make pretty good movies.
You’ve got the likes of Taika Waititi and Peter Jackson, who’ve made some very interesting pictures of the years (minus some of those Hobbit movies perhaps…).
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