Mulan Live Action Release & the Controversy that it has Entailed


Taken from Disney movie release.

After three delays due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the live action “Mulan” finally began streaming worldwide on September 4. Unprecedented, “Mulan” did not begin streaming in theatres given the majority are still temporarily closed, but rather on Disney+ for its Premier Members.

Skipping the theaters takes a big toll on the revenue that a movie is able to produce right off the bat. In an attempt to counter that loss, Disney+ activated “premier access”, charging $30 to be able to stream the movie an unlimited amount of times. Beyond paying $6.99 a month, Disney+ users have obviously not taken lightly to the additional charges. After being released for streaming, the public brought up some of the differences between the live action and the original movie, some sharing that they were not sure if the movie was worth the money that they had paid given the significant differences.

“It wasn’t worth it,” said Maya Madera, a student who purchased and viewed “Mulan” on Disney. “It was very different from the original movie, and they changed a lot of the plot and scenes. There wasn’t as much action as the original movie, and I feel that they could’ve casted someone better and more energetic considering Mulan was initially a brave and daring soldier.”

Big differences from the original to the live action movie are a given if you take into consideration that much of the original movie was animated, including characters like Mushu, the dragon. In this case, they replicated Mushu’s character with a nameless phoenix that guided Mulan through the plot.

Other differences in the live action movie are seen from the beginning of the plot. Mulan has a deeper established relationship with her father in the live action movie, pushing Mulan to be more courageous on behalf of her father’s pride. Another change was adding a sister Mulan’s family, where in the original, she was an only child. Finally, another significant difference between the two storylines was adding an opposing character to Mulan, Xianniang, acting as the villain for most of the movie.

Though the film was thoroughly thought out, and put together as a live action movie, it seems that some aspects strayed too far from the original, leaving audiences unsure about the value for what they purchased. Disney hopes that members who are not willing to pay the additional $30 will still view the movie when released to regular access members in December, to further boost the revenue that the film did not achieve with the premium access platform.

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