Mulan ★½

It takes a classic tale, and butchers it for the sake of trying to make something with a broader appeal. Mulan is basically a superhero, born with magic, and thus she never truly struggles in the film. It makes for a boring watch, aided by its dullness with the help of forgettable supporting characters.

The story's fashioned in a way to make it seem like her arc is being proud that she's a woman, which is weird given the dilemma was that she was trying to save her Father, not that she was born a female. The turning of this theme muddles its overall message, and the whole thing comes across as feeling disingenuous.

Action-wise, it reaches for Zhang, and falls somewhere above the dirt. There are times when it can be thrilling, but the stakes feel too low to be invested in any of it, so it often comes across hollow.