This weekend, viewers across the globe will be watching the live-action Mulan on Disney+. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there have been several delays on the road to the movie's theatrical opening. But Disney+ subscribers can now watch the female-fronted action film from the comfort of their own home for $29.99.
Prior to Mulan's release, the movie faced a fair share of controversy. Some were dismayed when news broke that beloved songs from the 1998 animated film wouldn't be included. Others bristled at a live-action Mulan without the characters of Mushu or Li Shang. And the film's lead star—Chinese actress Liu Yifei, who also goes by Crystal Liu—sparked controversy for comments she made in August 2019 when she posted in support of Hong Kong police. The message on her Weibo account (that's since been deleted) came amid the city's pro-democracy protests against police brutality.
Alas, the movie is still highly-anticipated and offers a re-imagining of a Disney classic. While some have vowed to wait for December 4 (when the movie becomes free for Disney+ subscribers), others are diving right into the viewing experience. One major takeaway: the movie's visuals and themes of independence are making social media emotional.
Ahead, some early reactions to the live-action Mulan.
#Mulan isn't like any other Disney film in memory. It's got other things on It's mind than saccharine.— SC King (@SCarrollKing) September 4, 2020
It's kind of like Wonder Woman only better crafted. Hyper feminist and 100% non patronizing.
So hype for Asian representation right now. pic.twitter.com/6hcQNEp4NO
Completely obsessed about how amazing and beautiful #Mulan is!! Love it so much!!! Liu Yifei and Gong Li absolutely amazing on their roles!— Gabe 가베 (@hndmaidenonfire) September 4, 2020
Definitely becoming one of my favourite films! This film deserves so much love!! 😭♥️ pic.twitter.com/2i1upIBM1o
Cannot wait to watch it with my family! My multiracial children will be able to see themselves on the screen. Asian representation is important.— Nikkia J. Glover (@nikkiacomm) September 4, 2020
Let's celebrate strong women of color! Go #Mulan! 🎉🎉 https://t.co/9GWY5hsqOZ
i loved the new mulan movie, if you can spare some coin pls watch it so disney knows an all asian cast does sell— 𝖓𝖊𝖕𝖙𝖚𝖓𝖊 💫 (@notneptunes) September 4, 2020
I’m barely 10 minutes into #Mulan and I already wanna cry 🥺💖— JuiceIsNice💖 (@LazyPotato9) September 4, 2020
Way back in March, prior to COVID-19's shutdown of theaters, some critics and fans got to see Mulan. Here are a few of their early takeaways:
Is #Mulan the first great superhero movie of 2020? It sure feels like it. She soars over rooftops, flies across walls, shoots arrows, and is just a general badass. The film serves as a reminder to be true to yourself. Little girls are going to look up to @yifei_cc pic.twitter.com/cVVFMb07UP— Kirsten (@KirstenAcuna) March 10, 2020
Disney’s Mulan remake leaves a lot behind, but offers much more in its absence. Plenty of 1998 throwbacks pepper a story full of incredible action, humor, and heart.— Alison Foreman (@alfaforeman) March 10, 2020
Oh, and the romantic chemistry gets STEAMY. Like chanting “kiss” in a silent theater steamy.#Mulan2020 #mulan pic.twitter.com/soILc7OdTm
I LOVEEDDDD MULAN!!!!! It’s very different but it’s just as good I promise!!! So empowering and so important for the newer generations to see it 😍😭😭😭😭😭😭— Hayley Kiyoko (@HayleyKiyoko) March 10, 2020
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