When it comes to stage musical to film adaptations, there have been some questionable choices made. Sometimes they work out creating underground cult classics such as The Rocky Horror Picture Show and sometimes they fail stupendously, like Will Smith’s fevered idea to drag the story of Annie, quite literally kicking and screaming, into the modern day. There is an art in adapting one medium for another and when it comes to Broadway musicals, there’s really no difference. Sometimes changes have to be made, songs need to be cut and sometimes a whole narrative has to be devised for the cinematic vision, but when it comes to the recently released Cats, it seems that the only effort made was adding a new (and pointless) song and casting an ensemble cast of actors whose singing ranges from diva to dying rat. Yep, this film was not good.
After a beautifully crafted teaser, we have finally been blessed by our Disney overlords with a full length trailer for their upcoming live-action remake of their classic film, Mulan. Being probably the biggest fan of the original film, I was of course excited to view this trailer and for good reason because it truly is a sight to behold. And although I never truly allow for a trailer to be my final judgement on the quality of the overall movie, this film is already shaping up to be one of the better remakes the Mouse House has put out. Because it appears to have something as of yet unseen among other movies of this ilk…originality.