Positive feminine messages with more violence than you’d expect from Disney
I never watched the original Mulan film but both my sons (ages 8 & 11) had. Based on their ongoing commentary, there were lots of aspects that were the same as the original.
In terms of age suitability, I was surprised at the amount of violence for a Disney film. There are lots of battled and one-on-one fighting which is filmed up close and you can clearly see stabbings, choke holds and other violent acts. All these are required for the films storyline and it is not gratuitous and there is no blood or gore.
There are no particularly scary scenes in the film, the lead baddie is not overly fear inducing even though he is scary looking and the witch is portrayed as powerful but again not in an overly scary way.
The story is excellent and uplifting and shows not only the struggles young women had in China but how Mulan overcame the odds to rise up and lead, a great story for your daughter’s to hear. When my daughter is old enough, I will certainly be showing her this film.
My recommendation on age is 10 due to the amount of violence. There are no inappropriate nudity scenes (in one scene you see the naked back of Mulan). As usual, you have to make your own judgement based on your own child. I was more than happy for my 8 year old to watch it as his older brother exposes him to martial arts in a daily basis, he is obsessed with everything Disney and he is unfazed by fighting scenes in films.
If you are happy with your kids seeing lots of fighting, then you will love this film as a family. The locations, Cinematography, costumes, performances and moral of the story are all worth watching this film.
This title contains:
Positive role models
Violence & scariness