Lights, Camera, Action: Movies that deviate from the original


Advertising for two new movies that will definitely be huge hits, these posters showcase Mulan and The New Mutants. These films have some major changes from the past storylines that will shock their audiences.

Summer Anderson, Entertainment Editor

Disclaimer: Due to the Coronavirus movie theatres have shut down, delaying the releases for these films. Continue reading to see what you should look forward to seeing in theatres when they reopen. 

  Most movie fans will agree on loving and supporting remakes and sequels to their favorite film franchises. However, in the 21st century, some reimaginings push this boundary too far by changing the plotline drastically. While if it is a liked or disliked change is up to the viewer, these deviations are noteworthy. This month, in Mulan and The New Mutants there will be some major changes to these movies’ previous franchises. 

  One movie that will definitely bring a change of perspective into theatres this month is the reimagined Mulan. Most are familiar with the story of young and rebellious Mulan, who takes her father’s spot in the army to prove herself as a woman. In the 1998 animated film, Mulan goes on a grand journey while enlisted in the army with her friends in order to save China. This new version of the Disney movie follows a more realistic storyline and is more similar to the Chinese folktale “The Ballad of Hua Mulan,” which inspired the animated film. In order for Disney to capture this authentic tale, it included changing many things, such as removing Mulan’s love interest Li Shang. Additionally, the movie has removed Mulan’s fiery friend, Mushu, and discarded the musical aspects. In response to this,  junior Sabrina Johnson said, “I can’t believe that they decided to make the new Mulan without the music. It made the original movie 100 times better!” Many fans will definitely be devastated by these changes; however, it is all in good purpose to characterize Mulan as a more independent heroine and make the story closer to the original folktale. This movie stars Yifei Liu as Mulan, Donnie Yen as Commander Tung, and Jason Scott Lee as Böri Khan. This motion picture is rated PG, so it is a perfect film for the whole family to see. This film will be in theatres soon,, so be careful not to miss it. 

  Another highly anticipated movie coming out this month is The New Mutants. The story follows five teenagers with superpowers who are trapped in a secret government facility as they learn to control their superpowers and escape. While trying to escape, their friendship is tested as they try to save themselves and each other. This movie is set in the X-men universe, which is known for releasing huge cinematic hits such as The Wolverine, Deadpool, and Dark Phoenix. However, this film is unique because it is isolated from the events of the past movies and is set seventeen years in the future. Therefore, you do not have to know anything about the universe’s heroes, villains, and important plot points. This motion picture stars Maisie Williams as Rahne Sinclair, Anya Taylor-Joy as Illyana Rasputin, and Charlie Heaton as Sam Guthrie. This movie will be a thriller and is expected to be action-packed with intense fight sequences. Catch this film in theatres to see a new addition to the X-men universe. 

  This month, make sure to catch these changes to these cinematic franchises, and decide for yourself if it made it better. Who knows? Maybe the changes might make you fall in love with these stories all over again.