Monday, May 14, 2012
What We're Watching: Mulan
Mulan" (1998/Rated G): In our ongoing effort to expose Peanut to as many princesses as possible before she outgrows this phase (wink wink), we recorded Mulan on the DVR and had a family movie night on Friday. Actually, it was Peanut who spotted it while I was setting her up with another episode of Doc McStuffins. (A review for which is long overdue. Stay tuned.) She saw the promo, asked to have it recorded, and I obliged knowing nothing of this film except that Mulan is "the Asian princess" who ends up being a strong warrior who saves her country.
And that is actually Mulan in a nutshell. But of course, you can't have a Disney "princess" story without the princess having some sort of shortcoming and the society in which she lives having some sort of huge problem with her or with women in general. (I put princess in quotes because Mulan isn't the traditional Disney princess with the tiara and the prince and the damsel in distress.) Well, in this film Mulan's shortcoming is that she's a girl. Seriously. She lives in China. And let's just say girls are frowned upon in that establishment. And society's huge problem with women is, well, women.
But Mulan sneaks away from her family to fight her country's war on her injured father's behalf. She is a misfit who becomes a cunning warrior with minimal training that is portrayed through an odd musical sequence performed by Donny Osmond. To make a long story short, and without giving up a lot of the rest of the plot, she ends up being the hero. And despite its chauvanistic shortcomings, Mulan is actually the hero. She saves the day and this otherwise ho-hum movie.
Obviously a necessary conversation was had with Peanut both during and after this movie. A conversation about girls being able to do things just as well if not better than boys. About them being just as strong, smart, and capable, if not more. (Ya know, sexism is bad.) All in all, Mulan is entertaining and short, both of which are crucial. But something tells me this one won't be in the rotation too long. And that's fine with me too.
Mulan was one of the few princesses we didn't meet on our trip to Disney. Click here to read about which ones we did.
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