So, I made a long rant on Mulan in a poll, so I figured I would add più into it, and turn it into an article.
I don't think she's amazing as people make her out to be. Brave, smart, a great personality. I don't see all of that in her. She's pretty brave, but I think there are braver characters out there than just her. She's smart, but I don't think she's THAT smart, quick-thinking and smart are different. I don't find her personality appealing. She's pretty lazy and gave up too easily at the beginning of the movie. She only works hard when she's forced. Then da the end of the movie, she's completely perfect and is able to save all of China. I also don't see how she's so INCREDIBLY relatable to everyone. She's not confident that her parents will like who she really is. Well, at that point in the movie when she sings Reflection, who she really is, is a lazy, non hard working person. Well, then why should her parents find her to be this amazing person, if that's who she is? They are her parents and all, but seriously? She needs to shape up first. And da the end of the movie she's basically a flawless character. She sure goes through a huge character development, but she goes from someone who is far too flawed, to someone who's no where near flawed. It's like she's not even the same person.
They transform her because they want to fix the problem they made in the first place, but made it worse. Overall, she's uninteresting, boring, basically uneccasary, (I personally think the whole movie should have been about Shang.) is over flawed in the beginning, and a Mary-Sue in the end. She expects everyone to think she's great when she's really not. Her parents, and basically everyone. She says she tries to be herself, but she really doesn't. She's too afraid to. She claims she tries when she doesn't, she makes people do things for her, when she thinks she's doing it for herself. I'll make a man out of you, is a perfect example of how lazy she is. She's just forced, and there we go. She can do it. It's a quick sequence that shows.. She can be lazy, and not do anything until forced, and still succeed in everything she does. How is this relatable? Interesting? Doubt it. She's pretty boring throughout her movie.
Like Ariel, she complains about her life a lot, especially considering how there were Disney a Princesses with MUCH WORSE lives, and she was one of the lucky Disney Princesses, both parents alive, not having any tragedies, she just messed up her life some, and made it worse da complaining about it, and being lazy, and not fixing things herself. Who cares if she's badass? That's not all there is to her. Behind that, there's a lazy, (and lazily written.), uninteresting, over flawed turned Mary-Sue, character that is frustrating to watch. I don't know why everyone says she has the best character development. Since when? Her character development isn't well-written. It's unrealistic. She changes too much, too quickly. They focus too much on her and not enough on più interesting characters, like Shan-Yu and Shang.
Many people seem to ignore all the bad qualities in her. "She's a great role model because she develops!" "She's really smart because she made a few quick thinking decisions!" And everyone seems to think that she is the best Disney Princess there was, I still don't understand how. She's not that relatable to me, I find her uninteresting, boring, lacking character and special qualities that other Disney Princesses have, and isn't special at all. What makes her so great? I never detto that she was perfect when she went to the army. I'll make a man out of te is where she's forced, and does what she's forced to do. She's pushed to do things. Oh, and then, when she could have just LEFT, (her goal was to help her father anyway, not make più trouble for herself.) she doesn't think, finds herself pushed to leave, (despite that fact that this is actually a good thing for her.) and acts without thinking.
I hate all of the, "Mulan doesn't need a man." Talk as well. She doesn't need a man? Maybe because she's a Mary-Sue da the end of the movie, she's pretty lucky, Shang is FAR più experienced than her, yet she is still shown to be più skilled than he is, despite her not even being experienced. *cough.*Mary-Sue.*cough.* Why do people always say, "Why do people not like this amazing character?" Well, there's a lot not to like. People really tend to look past things in her, I really think. I don't understand how her character development is considered the best of the Disney Princesses.
I personally, do not think she has the greatest character development. Maybe it's the "greatest" because it's the biggest difference between her character, but is that a good thing? Is it a good thing that her character changes too much, practically turning her into a different person? She seems to lose all of her flaws in one quick sequence. So, she still, trips o stumbles at the end of the movie, but that makes her a non-Mary-Sue? Everyone trips, it doesn't make te the most clumsy person on Earth because te do. Okay, so Mulan is, lazy, doesn't work until forced, cheats on easy things because she's too lazy to work for it, expects her family to fix things for her, gets herslef depressed despite not having that bad of a life.. And then one song, (I'll make a man out of you.) later, she's suddenly experianced, più experianced than Shang, and is able to do everything herself. Oh yes, a little thing standing in her way can definitely make a difference when you're Mulan, can't it? Overall, I dislike her for all of these reasons, and this is why she is my least preferito Disney Princess.