Acceptably inoffensive, if less than wholly engaging. At least Liu’s strong, stately Mulan is a wonderful role model for girls who aren’t much interested in conformity and adhering to expectations.
Men have adventures, face fear and danger, and grow as people, while women do nothing but stand by their sides with brave smiles on their faces.
Even among the chimps, there’s just one token female, and she’s defined solely as the sexual partner of a male and as the mother of his children. [This post is not behind the paywall.]
A magnificent science fiction drama, and a beautiful one. Wonderfully radical for the simple fact that it is ruled by principled ideas.
“Am I a pet?” –Caesar the chimp (Andy Serkis)
Jokiness and hokeyness have been genetically engineered away, leaving something pure and sweet and poignant, a throwback to late-60s/early-70s humanist science fiction. More Charly than Heston.