Critic Consensus: It could have told its classic story with greater depth, but the live-action Mulan is a visual marvel that serves as a stirring update to its animated predecessor.
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Its cast, its attitude, its overall eagerness to please -- all benefits, one would think -- don't add up to a good movie. They add up to a blueprint of the movie this ought to be.
I'm as athletic as a bed sock but, for so many reasons, this movie made me want to do backflips.
That magic isn't present here, and the action scenes don't achieve lift-off.
Talking animals and slapstick silliness are very much out and stiff-lipped themes of family, duty and honour are in.
Apart from the lack of singing, romance, comedy and a mouthy dragon, this is just like the original. You might wonder what's left. Well, $200 million buys a lot of scenery and sets and quite a few stars. This new version has spectacle in mind.
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