One of the strong elements in Mulan is the mighty score, composed by the late Jerry Goldsmith. And no part is more powerful than the music that plays during Mulan’s choice, a glorious mix of orchestral sweep morphing (unexpectedly) into a dynamic mix of synth and percussion, perfectly timed with the action on screen. It’s glorious.
(When I bought the score, I was seriously frustrated that this piece wasn’t included (instead using an alternate version). As soon as I had my hands on the VHS, I sent the audio to my computer to capture the rightful piece. Now, in this our years of YouTube, it’s only a quick search away…)