#REMEMBER WHEN YOU WERE A KID AND YOU STARTED CRYING IN THE THEATRE WHEN EVERYONE BOWED TO MULAN BECAUSE IT WAS ONE OF THE FIRST NARRATIVES YOU’D EXPERIENCED IN WHICH A WOMAN SAVED THE DAY WITH HER OWN BRAVERY AND INGENUITY AND STRENGTH AND PEOPLE ACKNOWLEDGED AND RESPECTED HER FOR IT AND IT WAS JUST SO AMAZING AND WONDERFUL AND LIFE-CHANGING
All of this. Yes.
I remember watching it in the theater over a decade ago as a kid. (Oh gosh, I feel old. :\) It was the first movie that I really cried over… not due to sadness, but because I felt so awe-struck and moved by it all. The fierce determination you feel as she makes her decision to take her father’s place as a soldier and leaves home during the thunderstorm, or when you see the opposing army cresting the ridge in the snowy mountains… and she fearlessly begins to run toward them in order to stop them. When the music swells and the thousands of people in the crowds bow to her in the end for saving them all… This innovative, brave and unique woman hero.
At ten years old, I had never really felt so inspired or so moved and I felt that, as a female, I was really capable of whatever I set my mind to do. Mulan really became a role model and a hero to me.
Though it’s not very historically accurate in terms of the settings, customs, time period and the Hun army, the story, imagery and the animation just kind of take your breath away. And then Mulan herself…
Mulan still means a lot to me.