A Visual Guide to What I Hate About Mulan’s Aesthetics
I’ll still watch the movie for the nostalgia and Liu Yifei/Gong Li, but I just don’t understand why some of the visual choices are so hideous in Disney’s Mulan.
You would think the biggest film company in the world with such a big budget would be able to build on years of development in the Chinese entertainment industry, yet it’s uglier than TV series made decades ago. How do they get a German costume designer, a New Zealand production designer and make-up artist, an Australian cinematographer, a British stunt coordinator, but not a single person who’s worked on a few Chinese movies or dramas in the past decade to be in the production crew?
Here’s a scene-by-scene comparison of one of the most expensive films ever by the biggest film company in the world versus Chinese TV series.
Just off the top of my head, there’s another great opening cavalry fight sequence from last year’s Ever Nighthere. And most of the examples here aren’t even from the height of wuxia dramas, not to mention from classic wuxia films. How low-effort is Disney to make a Chinese fight film without a good stunt coordinator and action director?
Finally, this is a minor detail, but if you’re going to use a calligraphy font for your title, please get a calligrapher instead of using what looks like a computer font. This is the least thing a film set in ancient China could do. That Hua Mulan and the carving on the sword are both hideous.
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