Mulan is now available free of charge to all Disney+ streamers and so I thought it would be the perfect time to revisit the film after my second viewing yesterday (I was one of those people who paid $30 to see it early) and share my thoughts with you all.
In short, as a little girl, Mulan was my favorite Disney princess. She was brave and fierce, qualities in which inspired and wowed me. When I heard they were doing a live-action version I couldn’t be more excited, especially when they chose to forego songs to make it a more epic experience. I was like, “Heck yeah, let’s do this!”
And yet now, after a few viewings, I only see the flaws in Mulan instead of the good and boy are there a lot of flaws. So, let’s get to them.
Disney/Pixar never fails to deliver a great movie that leaves me weeping profusely. The same can be said about Luca; a relatively mediocre story that doesn’t feel as original as masterpieces like Soul or Up and yet its beautiful animation and profound sweetness was ultimately rather heartwarming.
Luca feels like the boy-version of The Little Mermaid as it tells the story of a headstrong “sea monster” kid who’s willing to defy his parents to see the human world. He meets best friend, Alberto, and together they go on a cute but grand adventure.
The film has a classic twist three-fourths of the way into the film that transforms the movie from fun and airy to a bit depressing and got me all teary. By the end, I couldn’t stop the thin rivers pouring from my eyes.
The recent animated movies under Disney and Pixar have been profound in their messaging and Luca subtly (but not so subtly) provides a beautiful message for the LGBTQ+ community about identity and pride of being oneself. Now I’m starting to understand why this movie was released in June. (I see you Disney.)
Ultimately I thought Luca was a gorgeously animated, truly touching film that I highly recommend if you have a Disney+ subscription.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a spectacular day.
Disney has been recreating their classics and making them live-action. Some have bad while others have been surprisingly great, even to the point of, in my opinion, surpassing their animated predecessors. In light of Cruella‘s recent addition to the lise, I wanted to share my ranking of the live-action Disney remakes. Enjoy!
13. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
When I heard there was going to be a Maleficent sequel I was intrigued to see it. When I finally did I was more than disappointed. Much of the movie I complained about how awful it was and when it eventually concluded I was just tired of it all.
I will, however, be watching this again soon and maybe after a second viewing I’ll have a better appreciation. Maybe…
Dumbo made me cry, yes it did, but it ultimately is the most forgettable of the live-action movies. Its story was bland and I’m not a fan of Colin Farrel, hence my low ranking.
11. Mary Poppins Returns
Yes, Mary Poppins Returns isn’t as bad as these other two movies (mainly because of Emily Blunt who is one of my absolute favorite actresses) but thanks to Lin Manuel-Miranda’s awful English accent and the lackluster musical numbers this movie falls flat for me.
I can’t believe it. Usually, we’d have to wait until this Friday but because Disney+ has so many series with episodes dropping on Friday they decided to push it to Wednesdays and I couldn’t be more excited. Tomorrow we get to see where the God of Mischief’s story continues.
And, in case you didn’t know, like The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, we’re going to be getting six long episodes. The first two episodes have already been confirmed to be 51 and 54 minutes long so we’ll have a great idea of what to expect with this series pertaining to its tone and storyline.
I can’t wait to see why this show is going to be so important to the whole scheme of Phase 4 and I’m just EXCITED!
Here’s a bonus treat.
I ran into this fascinating fan art from the incomparable Uzuri Art featuring none other than Cruella so I had to share it. 😁
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day.
Disney, as you very well know, has decided in the last decade to recreate (or simply elaborate) on a bunch of classic Disney stories that needed a modern revamp. And so we’ve gotten our fill of live-action Disney stories that have ranged from surprisingly entertaining to downright underwhelming (Maleficent, Cinderella, The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Mary Poppins Returns, and Mulan). Now, arrives their latest movie to join this long list, Cruella, and it is near perfect, darling.
Cruella de Vil is easily, in my opinion, the evilest villain in all of Disney thanks to her shocking mission to kill a hundred Dalmatian puppies and turn them into a coat in the 101 Dalmatians. She takes the idea of mean and cruel to the next level.
So how was Disney, the Mickey Mouse brand, going to make a movie about this woman’s origin story? It turns out Cruella is practically Cinderella, with a villainous flair.
It’s Hump Day and I’m feeling the urge to talk about Disney+. This past week has been exciting for all Disney fans as we have gotten two exclusive clips for Black Widow and Loki as well as first reactions for Disney’s latest live-action remake, Cruella. Enjoy!
If I’m being honest, this particular clip for Black Widow is kind of weak. We don’t know the stakes so there is no feeling, the fact that I’ve seen the best parts of this clip in the trailers over and over again makes this clip kind of underwhelming, and the lack of flow is kind of obvious.
Does this make me not excited for the actual film? Oh, I’m totally excited but this clip was kind of lame.