Not suitable under 10; parental guidance to 13 (Violence)
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|Children under 10||Not suitable due to violence.|
|Children aged 10–13||Parental guidance recommended due to violence.|
|Children over the age of 13||Ok for this age group.|
This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines.
|Name of movie:||Mulan (2020)|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes and Battle Violence.|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
This is a live-action remake of Disney’s 1998 animated film, originally based on Chinese folklore tale, Ballad of Mulan. Mulan (Liu Yifei) is the oldest daughter of a retired warrior and stands out because, unlike the other girls in her village, she has a strong and fierce energy, or Qi, which is making it difficult for the match maker to find her a suitable marriage proposal. When the emperor of China calls for one man from each family to join the army to protect the country from invasion, Mulan’s father has no choice but to go himself, as he has no sons. Mulan secretly takes his sword and his conscription papers and steals away in the night to take his place in the army. She pretends to be a young man and must work hard not to be discovered as a woman amongst the other soldiers. Mulan’s exceptional abilities draw attention from the other soldiers and her superiors, but will she be able to fight for China and win the respect of her nation and her father without revealing her true identity?
Children and adolescents may react adversely at different ages to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, death or separation from a parent, animal distress or cruelty to animals, children as victims, natural disasters and racism. Occasionally reviews may also signal themes that some parents may simply wish to know about.
Gender stereotypes and traditional roles; Feminism; War and Invasion; Loyalty; Honour; Bravery; Family; Magic and Witchcraft; Supernatural powers.
Research shows that children are at risk of learning that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution when violence is glamourised, performed by an attractive hero, successful, has few real life consequences, is set in a comic context and / or is mostly perpetrated by male characters with female victims, or by one race against another.
Repeated exposure to violent content can reinforce the message that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution. Repeated exposure also increases the risks that children will become desensitised to the use of violence in real life or develop an exaggerated view about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world.
There is extensive violence in this movie including:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under the age of five, including the following:
Children aged five to eight will also be frightened by scary visual images and will also be disturbed by depictions of the death of a parent, a child abandoned or separated from parents, children or animals being hurt or threatened and / or natural disasters.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes and scary visual images, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged five to eight, including the following:
Children aged eight to thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic threats and dangers, violence or threat of violence and / or stories in which children are hurt or threatened.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged eight to thirteen, including the following:
Children over the age of thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic physical harm or threats, molestation or sexual assault and / or threats from aliens or the occult.
Nothing further of concern.
There are mild sexual references and mild romance in this movie, including:
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
Mulan (2020) is a beautiful and lush adaptation of the original Disney animation. It is perfectly pitched to appeal to children between about ten and thirteen, with a relatively simple storyline but plenty of dramatic tension, moving moments and exciting battle scenes. Due to the sheer volume of violence in this film (it is a film about war!), it is not suitable for children under ten and parental guidance is recommended to 13.
There are very strong messages in this film about having the strength and bravery to break free from gender-based cultural norms and stereotypes. Mulan is a great feminist role model because she realises that her strength lies not in her deception (pretending to be a man) but in being a powerful woman. The other central message in this film is loyalty and servitude both to family and to country.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children attitudes and behaviours, and their real-life consequences, such as:
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