Walt Disney Studios released a trailer July 7 for its upcoming live action Mulan movie.
Mulan isn’t the first live action movie Disney has released. Over the past few years, Disney released live versions of Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin.
Disney is continuing this tradition through its release of the live action Mulan movie on March 27, 2020, which is based off of the original animated 1998 Mulan movie.
The trailer is very cinematic and shows the audience that the plot will be the same. However, there will be deviations from the original movie.
The trailer begins with an instrumental version of the song “Reflection”, a song from the original Mulan movie, playing in the background. Unlike the original Mulan movie, the live action movie will not feature any singing.
At the beginning of the new trailer, Mulan finds out the matchmaker found her a match, or in other words, a future husband. Mulan seems displeased at the idea, but she doesn’t speak out against it.
“Yes, I will bring honor to us all,” Mulan replies after hearing this news.
Next, a voice, which is likely Mulan’s grandmother’s voice, says “Quiet. Composed. Graceful. Disciplined. These are the qualities we see in a good wife. These are the qualities we see in Mulan.”
While this voice is speaking, battle shots are shown. Mulan is shown running on top of a building and using a sword to fight the Huns, giving the trailer a dramatic and intense tone.
I liked the contrast between what was expected of Mulan by her family and her decision to go into battle. She was expected to be a “good wife,” but she chose to fight for her country instead, which will hopefully empower those who watch the trailer to do what they think is right instead of what is expected of them.
On a different note, the trailer doesn’t include some of the beloved characters from the original Mulan movie, such as such as Mushu and Shang. These characters won’t be in the live action movie either, which shows that Mulan doesn’t need a man or guardian dragon to help her on her journey.
The trailer is only 1:29 minutes, but it’s enough to get an impression of what the movie will be like. Even though the trailer was only recently released, it has already received over 20 million views on YouTube.