Director: Tim Burton
Starring: Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton and Eva Green
Genre: Fantasy, Animation, Family
Runtime: 112 min
Disney studios have recently given audiences a wave of live-action remakes to spark old and new childhood memories, and the 1941 animated classic “Dumbo” is no exception. The original animated feature was a hit with audiences when released back in 1941
The 2019 live-action remake is helmed by director Tim Burton and has a list of name actors taking on roles, including Oscar-winners Michael Keaton and Colin Farrell. For the younger generation who might not be too familiar with the story, Dumbo is a baby elephant that had been ostracised and bullied by animals in the circus for the enormous ears he was born with. Fed up with the bullying, his mother spirals into a motherly rage and tears down the circus to protect her child; which leads her to getting caged up.
Only brash-but-lovable Timothy Mouse offers the hand of friendship to Dumbo, encouraging him to exploit his ‘unique’ qualities for fame and fortune. Dumbo then encounters a group of jive-talking crows and discovers that his outsized ears have given him the ability to fly. Circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) enlists former star Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) and his children Milly (Nico Parker) and Joe (Finley Hobbins) to care for Dumbo. The circus makes an incredible comeback, attracting persuasive entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), who recruits Dumbo for his newest, larger-than-life entertainment venture, Dreamland. Dumbo soars to new heights alongside a charming and spectacular aerial artist, Colette Marchant (Eva Green), until Holt learns that beneath its shiny veneer, Dreamland is full of dark secrets. Can’t spoil the story here but it is similar to the original only much better.
I was instantly hit with nostalgia as a new version of the movies song, Baby mine, began to play. While the visuals of the famous pink elephant scene and the life of the circus came to life in a way that only Tim Burton can accomplish and it could possibly be his best movie in years.
Score: 8 out of 10