Mulan is not Mulan without Reflection. And Reflection is not Reflection without Christina Aguilera.
Whatever you feel about the 2020 live-action film adaptation of Mulan, one of the best things you can say about it is how great they’ve done their job picking the artist to perform its official soundtrack.
Christina Aguilera is as powerful a belter as ever as she comes back to reprise her role in this modern take of a decades-old tale– not as an actor but as the golden, powerful voice reinforcing the film’s message of staying true to one’s self. Her 1998 cover of ‘Reflection’ is arguably the most popular rendition of the song, and it’s actually what paved the way for Christina’s career as a music artist. 22 years later, she’s back at it– now as an established legendary queen in the industry.
As far as Aguilera’s interpretation is concerned, the difference between the old and the new version is pretty evident. 1998’s ‘Reflection’ is a testimony of her uncertainties and innocence as she begins her journey to conquer a whole new world that awaits the young artist. The 2020 rendition is deeper, more soulful, and overall just brimming with confidence– something that encapsulates Aguilera’s transition to being one of the greatest pop stars of all time.
Written and produced by Matthew Wilder and David Zippel, the song was originally performed by our very own queen, Lea Salonga, in the animated film. The Filipina singer and actress recorded the song for the character of Mulan herself, who sings it when she returns home after a failed attempt to impress the matchmaker. Humiliated, she stares at her own reflection on the water as she agonizes over trying to be someone she isn’t supposed to be.
Mulan arrives exclusively on Disney+ on September 4. Watch the film’s original soundtrack performed by Christina Aguilera below.
What do you think about Christina Aguilera’s 2020 version of Reflection?
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