Film review by Steve Duffy –
Did you ever see an elephant fly?
From Disney and visionary director Tim Burton, the all-new grand live-action adventure “Dumbo” expands on the beloved classic story where differences are celebrated, family is cherished, and dreams take flight. 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 a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughingstock in an already struggling circus. But when they discover that Dumbo can fly, the circus makes an incredible comeback, attracting persuasive entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), who recruits the peculiar pachyderm 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.
The performances of this great cast lack the magic that it needed to help make “Dumbo” soar. Keaton’s performance as the wicked Vandevere is disappointing and Eva Green as Colette, the trapeze-artist, was flat with very little sparkle.
DeVito is perfectly cast as Max Medici. His bigger than life personality comes to life in this role. Farrell, however; was a bit lifeless and boring.
Bad news for anyone who loves Timothy Q. Mouse, he only gets a cameo.
I do love that Burton uses the sweet lullaby “Baby Mine” from the original movie and how he pays homage to the original movie in a few scenes, especially the “Pink Elephants On Parade.”
The only reason to see this remake is to watch Dumbo, the big-eared baby elephant, fly!
Rating: PG for peril/action, some thematic elements, and brief mild language
Runtime: 130 minutes