[Review] Mulan: ¬ŅRemake acertado o desviado? ūüé• | Mulan: Remake successful or deviant? (Spa-Eng)

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Hola amigos y amantes del cine; quiero compartirles mi opini√≥n referente a la pel√≠cula Mulan (2020) en Live Action, junto a los detalles que me han gustado y los que me decepcionaron. Tal vez muchos de ustedes ya la vieron desde su estreno hace dos a√Īos, y como sabr√°s, el filme ha dado mucho de qu√© hablar; sobre todo por las caracter√≠sticas particulares en la que los productores decidieron cambiar la esencia de su pel√≠cula original.

Primero, recordemos que el estreno de esta película se vio afectado por la pandemia de coronavirus; pues tuvo que atrasar su fecha de lanzamiento en varias ocasiones, para finalmente verse obligada a estrenarse a través de la plataforma de suscripción de Disney+. No obstante, eso no fue excusa para todas las críticas que obtuvo.

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Hello friends and movie lovers; I want to share my opinion about the movie Mulan (2020) in Live Action, along with the details that I liked and those that disappointed me. Perhaps many of you have already seen it since its premiere two years ago, and as you know, the film has given much to talk about; especially for the particular characteristics in which the producers decided to change the essence of their original film.

First, let's remember that the premiere of this film was affected by the coronavirus pandemic; Well, it had to delay its release date several times, to finally be forced to premiere through the Disney + subscription platform. However, that was no excuse for all the criticism it got.

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Comenzando por la trama, es ligeramente diferente a lo que conocemos de la pel√≠cula de 1998; aunque, hay que decirlo, en gran parte mantiene la idea original sobre una joven que se une al ej√©rcito imperial para salvar a China y su padre Fa Zhou (interpretado por Tzi Ma). Pero eso tiene explicaci√≥n. Seg√ļn su directora Niki Caro, la intenci√≥n es resaltar m√°s el respeto a la cultura china y a mostrar una ‚Äėguerrera bastante cre√≠ble‚Äô; adem√°s de separarla de alg√ļn sentimiento amoroso. En cambio, la pel√≠cula nos ofrece una buena carga de acci√≥n en batalla.
Starting with the plot, it's slightly different than what we know from the 1998 film; although, it must be said, it largely maintains the original idea about a young woman who joins the imperial army to save China and her father Fa Zhou (played by Tzi Ma). But that has an explanation. According to its director Niki Caro, the intention is to highlight more respect for Chinese culture and to show a "fairly credible warrior"; in addition to separating her from some loving feeling. Instead, the film offers us a good load of action in battle.
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Aun as√≠, otro de los puntos negativos que me parece, es que Disney elimin√≥ por completo su estilo de musical con el que reconocemos a la mayor√≠a de sus pel√≠culas. ¬ŅY qu√© trae como consecuencia? Pues que f√°cilmente se puede confundir con una pel√≠cula de otra productora; muy similar a cualquier pel√≠cula china que com√ļnmente conocemos. Adem√°s que en esta entrega extra√Īamos las cl√°sicas canciones de la pel√≠cula original.

Debido a esto, el estudio de cine se defendi√≥ diciendo que su intenci√≥n fue hacer algo diferente y haciendo m√°s seria la trama. Realmente pienso que esta seriedad est√° muy acertada en todas las acciones de batalla, e incluso ayuda a darle un aire nuevo a la historia. Pero venga, ¬Ņquitarle la esencia original? Creo que fueron un poco radicales.
Even so, another of the negative points that seems to me is that Disney completely eliminated his musical style with which we recognize most of his films. And what does it bring as a consequence? Well, it can easily be confused with a film from another production company; very similar to any Chinese movie that we commonly know. Also, in this movie we miss the classic songs from the original movie.

Due to this, the film studio defended itself by saying that its intention was to do something different and making the plot more serious. I really think that this seriousness is very successful in all the battle actions, and even helps to give a new air to the story. But come on, take away the original essence? I think they were a bit radical.
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No tenemos a dos personajes principales

We don't have two main characters

Y ni hablar de la eliminaci√≥n de dos de sus personajes principales: Mushu (el drag√≥n parlanch√≠n y protector de Mulan) y Li Shang (el capit√°n del ej√©rcito chino y con quien la protagonista tiene un romance). Eso es similar a que en la adaptaci√≥n de ¬ęLa bella y la bestia¬Ľ los productores decidieran omitir a Lumi√®re (el candelabro) o Din don (el reloj), o que en la adaptaci√≥n de ‚ÄúLa Bella durmiente‚ÄĚ eliminaran a las tres hadas madrinas. Eso amigos, en mi opini√≥n, simplemente es parte esencial de la pel√≠cula.
And not to mention the elimination of two of its main characters: Mushu (the talkative dragon and protector of Mulan) and Li Shang (the captain of the Chinese army and with whom the protagonist has an affair). That is similar to the fact that in the adaptation of "Beauty and the Beast" the producers decided to omit Lumière (the chandelier) or Din don (the clock), or that in the adaptation of "Sleeping Beauty" they decided to eliminate all three fairy godmothers. That friends, in my opinion, is simply an essential part of the film.
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Sin embargo, como hemos podido ver en el filme cinematogr√°fico, en sustituci√≥n al amigable Mushu han a√Īadido a un ave f√©nix para que sirva como gu√≠a espiritual de nuestra protagonista; y de cierto modo significa un gui√Īo a nuestro peque√Īo amigo drag√≥n. Pero en adici√≥n a eso, no todo es decadente, pues en esta ocasi√≥n los productores agregaron un par de nuevos personajes: Bori Khan (interpretado por Jason Scott Lee) como el guerrero rounano, y Xian Lang (interpretado por Gong Li) como una poderosa bruja que se convierte en halc√≥n.

De cierto modo, si nos ponemos a analizar las situaciones, tiene sentido estos nuevos cambios, buscando dar un refrescamiento a la historia y ofrecer algo diferente a todos los espectadores. Aunque si tuviera la oportunidad de dar mi opinión a Disney, les diría que debieron considerar otra matriz de guión; pues, buscando mayor seriedad al asunto, pienso que cayeron en varios errores que ciertamente la gente no perdonó (de los que te comentamos en los párrafos anteriores).
However, as we have seen in the film, replacing the friendly Mushu they have added a phoenix to serve as a spiritual guide for our protagonist; and in a way it means a nod to our little dragon friend. But in addition to that, not everything is decadent, because this time the producers added a couple of new characters: Bori Khan (played by Jason Scott Lee) as the Rounan warrior, and Xian Lang (played by Gong Li) as a powerful witch who turns into a falcon.

In a way, if we start to analyze the situations, these new changes make sense, seeking to refresh the story and offer something different to all viewers. Although if I had the opportunity to give Disney my opinion, I would tell them that they should have considered another script matrix; because, seeking greater seriousness to the matter, I think they fell into several mistakes that people certainly did not forgive (of which we discussed in the previous paragraphs).
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Impresiones finales

Final impressions

Aunque esta adaptación en Live Action de Mulan (estrenada en 2020) es un remake algo desviado de su esencia original y diferente a los clásicos que normalmente caracteriza a Disney, igualmente no podemos menospreciar toda la acción y expectativa que expresa el filme. Se trata de una película en donde la acción está muy presente, por lo que si eres fan de las películas de acción y batalla (como yo), esta es una cinta recomendada para ti.

Y en cuanto al trabajo hecho en sus escenas, coordinación y producción técnica, decirte que está muy acertada la representación de colores en cada escena: con tonos oscuros cuando se trata de momentos de incertidumbre, o con tonos refrescantes cuando estamos frente a escenas de batalla.
Although this Live Action adaptation of Mulan (released in 2020) is a somewhat deviated remake of its original essence and different from the classics that normally characterizes Disney, we still cannot underestimate all the action and expectations that the film expresses. It is a movie where the action is very present, so if you are a fan of action and battle movies (like me), this is a film recommended for you.

And as for the work done in its scenes, coordination and technical production, tell you that the representation of colors in each scene is very successful: with dark tones when it comes to moments of uncertainty, or with refreshing tones when we are facing battle scenes.
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Al final, sea cual sea el caso de ser acertada o equivocada la decisión del estudio cinematográfico, verdaderamente vale la pena disfrutar de esta película que también busca mostrar el realce de la mujer como personaje fuerte y con determinación en todo momento.
In the end, regardless of whether the film studio's decision is right or wrong, it is truly worth enjoying this film that also seeks to show the enhancement of women as strong and determined characters at all times.
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NOTA: Las imágenes y separadores utilizados en esta publicación son propios, tomados a partir de capturas de pantalla de la misma película.

Aquí abajo puedes disfrutar del tráiler de la película:
NOTE: The images and separators used in this publication are my own, taken from screenshots of the same movie.

Here below you can enjoy the trailer of the film:









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I must say I agree with you. . Even though it's not the usual story we're all used to, this one actually was worth watching. The action was on point and there weren't too many unnecessary scenes. Whatever their reason maybe you'll enjoy the movie if you're open minded..

Thanks for sharing ‚̧ԳŹ

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nunca me animé a verla así que es difícil atacarla o defenderla, simplemente no me interesaba, aunque valoro varias de las decisiones creativas que observé en trailers y clips por internet... El problema es que la cinta animada era demasiado icónica y "perfects" como para necesitar el tratamiento live action.

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De acuerdo contigo, la cinta original tiene mucho realce por su creatividad y m√ļsica, y cuando se le hace un tratamiento distinto en el Live Action, se pierde un poco su esencia. Gracias hermano! @richardalexis

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I saw this movie when it came out in 2020. Like many people I was really excited about the release. I was even singing along when they played a short instrumental of the song "Bring honor to us all" from the 1998 movieūüėÜ. But yeah, the movie was very different from what we know from Mulan. I don't have a problem with a different story especially with how cool the fight scenes were. My only problem was just how serious the movie was compared to the animation. I guess they just couldn't make a goofy live action adaptation with that type of plot.

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@theawesononso Exactly, there is no denying that the movie is great in its fight scenes; but, perhaps that seriousness compared to the animated film was what turned many people off. Although I agree with some reasons of its director. Thanks for reading friend!

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Deviating a lot from the original story, well, its fundamental elements, it's definitely going to stir up a lot of criticism. Heck, a lot of people loved the 1998 version. And then you go ahead to the things that made them really love the movie; the music and the lovable characters.

But then, I do agree with their intention. I mean, we already have the story, and we know exactly how it went. To then have the same exact story and everything but in a live movie is, well, the same just that it's played by real actors. That's okay, considering that they'll be 22 years apart. But then, it would be nice to see some element, which we actually all love, to be expounded upon; the action.

The action was always bound to excite the audience, so to do it with modern techniques and implementation was probably the idea they intended to follow.

I totally agree with your points on them removing the main characters. That's probably a little off the main line. It really would have been really great to see Li Shang in the live adaptation.

The movie may have been a little too serious, but that didn't pull it away from being enjoyable and worth the time. I loved it.

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@olujay That's right, remakes mean precisely that: remake (a movie) adapting it to modern actions (in this case, with real actors). And taking Disney's clarifications, I agree with many of their changes; perhaps the "deviation" was slight, but enough to draw some criticism. And yet, as I said at the end of the post, I loved it too. A hug!

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I haven't seen this movie since it was released probably because I forgot about it. After reading your review, I am disappointed to learn that this movie deviated from the original in great way. I'm going to see this movie just because I'm curious about how much it deviated because according to you, it's not (that) bad.

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@uchescrib02 Yes friend, I invite you to see it, and maybe later we can establish another dialogue with our points of view. Well, we should not underestimate the work of its producers. Thanks for the comment

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A√ļn estoy por ver esta pel√≠cula y valorar las diferencias con la versi√≥n original. El trailer me llam√≥ bastante la atenci√≥n, creo que le voy a dar una oportunidad.

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@rosana6 Me parece genial, hay muchas cosas de las cuales comentar (buenas y no tanto) jaja. Un gran saludo!

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