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Who is that girl you see? That’s Mulan and she’s looking freaking badass! Disney dropped a bit of a major bomb recently during the Women’s World Cup Finals. In the middle of the USA vs. Netherlands game, they released the first teaser trailer for their live-action remake for Mulan. The titular character went on to become their first East Asian princess. 

Watch the teaser trailer for Disney’s “Mulan” below:

The teaser starts with a scene of Mulan and her family. Her mother tells her the ‘good news’ of the village matchmaker finding her a suitable husband to marry. Visibly disappointed, the quiet Mulan joins her family for dinner while her father explains why it’s important for her to go through with the marriage. “Yes, I will bring honor to us all,” she quietly surrenders. Afterward, a woman then lists down the qualities of a good wife: quiet, composed, graceful, and disciplined. As she explains, scenes of Mulan both training to fight and dressing up for a formal ceremony juxtapose each other to reveal the character’s inner struggles. 

Perhaps the most striking parts of the trailer come from the second half. It shows the crossdressing heroine at her most powerful: training for war in the army and fighting bravely for her country. She’s shown in her warrior garb, shooting arrows as fast as she can, and displaying slick sword-handling moves. “It is my duty to fight,” she sternly proclaims as she stands her ground while a barrage of enemies charge her. It’s clear from this trailer that Disney has changed up another one of their beloved Princesses and made her tougher, slightly edgier, and more modern. Consequently, the surprise trailer drop got so much attention that it trended on Twitter all day long this past Sunday. Fans made their reactions known on the social media platform. Despite all the badassery displayed in this teaser trailer, audiences actually feel divided over the upcoming remake. there are those that criticized the film for its supposed plans to scrap many elements from the original animated classic. For instance, characters like Mushu, Mulan’s comedic dragon sidekick, and Shang Li, her love interest, are reportedly not in this version. This also won’t be a musical, which means there won’t be new and live-action renditions of such classics like “Reflection” and “Make A Man Outta You”. In the teaser, you can only hear just a tinge of the melody of “Reflection” and nothing more. 

However, there are also those who appreciate the historically accurate depiction of Ancient China, from the authentic-looking costumes to the austere sceneries. They also applauded the seemingly all-Chinese cast, including a few superstars like Jet Li, Gong Li, and Donnie Yen. 

“oh so the new mulan is gonna be CHINESE chinese” tweeted screenwrite Jonny Sun (@jonnysun). Angry Asian Man (@angryasianman) posted, “Unpopular(?) Opinion: Disney’s live-action Mulan does not need musical numbers, wisecracking dragons or beleaguered cricket sidekicks, and should be a war epic with many, many scenes of a badass Chinese woman warrior wielding a sword.”. And Eugene Lee Yang (@EugeneLeeYang) tweeted, “Y’all know I love talking cartoon dragons, hot Asian captains, and breaking out into song more than most people but I love Mulan kicking serious ass in a more realistic wartime drama. Our girl’s wushu flipping across China while maintaining a perfect blowout and I am here for it,”. 

What do you think of the trailer? Are you excited for it or did you want it to look more like the original 1998 animated classic? Let us know in the comments section below! Disney’s live-action remake of “Mulan” will premiere on March 27, 2020. Image Credits:

  1. Mulan Featured Image – CNN.com
  2. Disney’s Mulan – GameSpot.com
  3. Mulan Poster – Consequence Of Sound.net

 

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