Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Review Dumbo (2019)


#Dumbo (2019): 6/10

Dumbo is the 2019 reimagining of the 1940’s Disney classic, the story of a young elephant born into a circus with oversized ears. Tim Burton opts to replace Dumbo’s rodent acquaintance in the original with two young children, played by Nico Parker and Finley Hobbins, who certainly bring a charm to the story. Danny DeVito (‘It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’) and Colin Farrell (‘In Bruges’) attempt to keep the wheels turning on the circus as Max Medici and Holt Farrier respectively.

The film pays homage to many of the major sequences in the animated original, which in turn brings back flashes of joyful childhood memories, such as the pink elephants scene. Where Burton’s take on the story lacks a bit of spark though is in the real emotional touches. The Disney magic littered throughout the animated films of a bygone era appears lost amongst the mechanical plot devices of the live action version. It certainly looks the part, vibrant and circus-like throughout, but carries no real emotional weight.

That said, there is still plenty to enjoy; Michael Keaton is particularly entertaining as the power-hungry Vandevere, and the sight of Dumbo flying delivers a real sense of awe. A film that has its moments, including a rather explosive finale, but that loses its magic somewhere along the way.

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