Franchise Weekend – Mulan 2 (2004)

Director: Darrell Rooney, Lynne Southerland

Writer: Michael Lucker, Chris Parker, Roger S.H Schulman (Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Ming-Na Wen, BD Wong, Mark Moseley, Lucy Liu, Harvey Fierstein, Sandra Oh

 

Plot: While preparing for their wedding, Shang and Mulan are suddenly sent off on a secret mission. Mushu starts to meddle, and a surprise attack by Mongolians doesn’t help either.


Tagline – Saving China was just The Beginning

Runtime: 1 Hour 19 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Warrior to Wedding Disappoints

 

Story: Mulan 2 starts as Mulan and Shang are planning to wed, but before they go through with the wedding the Emperor sends them on a mission to escort his daughters to Mongolia to marry to help keep the peace between the countries. Mushu on the other hand learns that he will lose his place as a guardian of Mulan if she marries, leading him to try and sabotage their engagement.

When Mulan’s previous experiences inspire one of the princess’ to follow her own heart, everything plays into Mushu plans to break the couple up, but this could bring war back to China.

 

Thoughts on Mulan 2

 

Characters – Mulan has gone from fearless warrior to bride in waiting, she does continue to show that women in Ancient China need to learn to be independent but is a shell of the person we met in the first movie. Shang is the warrior due to marry Mulan, their latest assignment causes a rift between them as he must learn that not all missions are important to complete. Mushu is the guardian about to lose his position if Mulan gets married, he sets out to sabotage their relationship.

StoryThe story here follows Mulan and Shang as they are planning for their wedding while going on a mission, if I am honest I just don’t want to talk about this story because it took a fearless warrior in Mulan into a character that just wants to prepare for her wedding. We have lost all the adventure that was in the first one to what is just a relationship drama.

Action/Comedy/FamilyThis is branded as an action movie and has one weak action scene to come, the comedy is mostly a miss but this is more family friendly over the first film.

SettingsThe film doesn’t use the settings as well, but still has good visual temples included.

AnimationThe animation look is good and is the only redeeming good part of this film.


Scene of the Movie –
Nothing.

That Moment That Annoyed Me ruining what Mulan created.

Final ThoughtsThis is a weak Disney sequel in the darker days of Disney where they just make rubbish sequels to loved games.

 

Overall: Poor sequel.

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ABC Film Challenge – World Cinema – H – The Hypnotist (2012)

hypnoDirector: Lasse Hallstrom

Writer: Paolo Vacirca (Screenplay) Alexander Ahndoril (Novel)

Starring: Tobias Zilliacus, Mikael Persbrandt, Lena Olin, Helena Af Sandeberg, Oscar Pettersson, Anna Azcarte

 

Plot: A detective pairs himself with a famous psychologist on a case involving a traumatized young witness to a crime.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Solid and Intense Thriller

 

Story: The Hypnotist starts with the graphic murder of a family with just the son Josef (Bokman) survive the attack, Police Officer Joona Linna (Zilliacus) needs to investigate but with the boy not looking great a nurse Daniella (Sandeberg) suggest Erik Maria Bark (Persbrandt) to help with the investigation.

With one family member, missing Joona must work with Erik to hypnotise Josef in search of any details which help locate the killer and save his missing sister from a fate the rest of their family has endured. When the serial killer learns of this partnership he takes Erik’s son threatening to kill him if Erik continues to help the police.

 

Thoughts on The Hypnotist

 

StoryWe have a story which is focused on a serial killer being hunted down by a cop and a psychotherapist who specialises in hypnotherapy to treat his patients. We get all the check list ticked off with an intense story that includes twists coming from different directions and a story which does keep us guessing. If you are a fan of the crime thrillers you are going to enjoy this one.

Crime/Drama/ThrillerWe have a very graphic crime happen here with what is an intense investigation into who is behind everything with all the twists on a crime novel could give us.

Characters/PerformanceI feel like I will be getting harsh here but I didn’t find the characters written to be very interesting with the police officer being very forgettable and the use of a hypnotist being almost pointless to what was going on with the crime story. the performance on the other hand are all good and I can’t criticise any of them.

SettingsSweden is always a beautiful setting because of the open landscapes making wonderful backdrops to everything going on with this film.

Final ThoughtsThis is a solid crime thriller that is well worth a watch but when it comes to Swedish thrillers this is not the starting point.

 

Overall: Solid but not solid gold which is the expectation from Swedish cinema.

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